Knicks reach agreement to retain Steve Novak

Knicks reach agreement to retain Steve Novak

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Ken Berger of reports that the Knicks and free agent Steve Novak have come to terms on a 4-year, $15 million deal with no options.

Novak gained immense popularity last season as a spread-the-floor shooter able to knock down shots, especially during the Jeremy Lin "Linsanity" stretch. He and Lin shared a keen awareness of each other's play and Novak punished teams committing inside on Lin or Carmelo Anthony with dagger 3-pointers.

But he was limited in the playoffs, unable to get on the floor due to his defensive issues. As a power forward, he struggles with bigger players and as a small forward he can't contain on the perimeter. But as a shooter, it's hard to find someone better. Novak shot 47 percent from 3 on 282 attempts last season.

Novak also became popular for co-opting Aaron Rodgers' "Discount Double-Check" championship belt celebration after making a big shot.

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