Kenyon Martin (ankle) will not play against the Jazz on Friday.
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He is out of his walking boot but coach Mike Woodson doesn't know when Martin will go through on-court work. The Knicks are going to manage his minutes upon his return and he's completely hands off for fantasy purposes. The Knicks will start Ray Felton, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler tonight vs. a vulnerable Jazz defense.
Sources tell ESPN that Joakim Noah approached Carmelo Anthony over All-Star weekend about signing with the Bulls this offseason.
Anthony is expected to exercise his early termination option and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Knicks, Bulls and Lakers are among the teams that are likely to pursue him, but Noah's selling point was the chance to actually win. A core of Anthony, Noah, Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson would be very formidable. One issue could be money. The Knicks can pay Carmelo $22.4 million per season, while the Bulls could only offer him roughly $15 million after using the amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer.
Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 33 points vs. the Wolves during Wednesday's 118-106 win with five boards, five assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 43 minutes.
Anthony went off down the stretch last year and he looks poised to do it again this season. Over his previous 10 games, he averaged 32.4 points, 8.0 boards, 2.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks and 3.8 triples on 47.3 percent from the field. The Knicks snapped their seven-game losing streak and could work on a winning streak as they host the struggling Jazz on Friday.