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Wednesday's Knicks Links: Silver praises Melo for speaking out on violence

NBA commissioner Adam Silver praises Carmelo Anthony for ‘speaking from the heart’: Carmelo Anthony challenged his fellow athletes on Friday to demand change following last week’s deadly shootings in Dallas, Minnesota and Baton Rouge. It was thought-provoking opinion from the Knicks star. And one that NBA commissioner Adam Silver applauded Tuesday at the NBA Board of Governors meeting in Las Vegas. -- New York Daily News

Adam Silver praises Melo for speaking out on violence: Carmelo Anthony took to social media on Friday to denounce the violence that has divided the country and prod his fellow athletes to speak up and try to help in any way they can. In addressing the media Tuesday night, NBA commissioner Adam Silver praised the Knicks’ star for his efforts. -- New York Post

Sasha Vujacic returns to pad Knicks bench, rile up their fans: Knicks shooting guard Sasha Vujacic is back. According to an NBA source, Vujacic has agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $1.4 million, the veteran’s minimum for players with nine years of experience. Vujacic had been in talks with two other NBA teams and European clubs as well, but a source said he felt the situation will be best back in New York. -- New York Post

Courtney Lee a perfect fit for Knicks: By the time Courtney Lee made his way to the table in the back of the Knicks' practice gym at Friday's news conference, sitting down with beat writers, chairs were being folded up around the room, wires disconnected and his new teammates already were gone, on to the rest of their day. -- The Record

For improved Knicks, now the heavy lifting begins: As the Knicks introduced their trio of free agent signings Friday they were beginning to make official which players would fill out the bench. The starting lineup is complete and a bench led by Brandon Jennings, introduced Friday along with Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee, is secured. Derrick Rose is onboard. Lance Thomas signed a four-year deal. Mindaugas Kuzminskas, a Lithuanian forward, agreed to terms and so did Willy Hernangomez. Sasha Vujacic is back and the roster is up to 13 guaranteed contracts, a nearly complete squad. -- The Record

Sasha Vujacic returns to Knicks, sources say: The Knicks are bringing back another player from last season’s team after reaching an agreement with Sasha Vujacic, league sources said. The veteran guard will sign a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, according to a source. Vujacic gives the Knicks 13 players with fully guaranteed contracts. -- Newsday