NBA news roundup: Phil Jackson likely to take Knicks job

Ronald Martinez

It's not official yet, but it appears the legendary Zen Master will join New York's front office. Also: No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett will miss the next three weeks with a knee injury.

This crazy Phil Jackson-to-the-Knicks thing could actually happen. In fact, it sounds like it's close, via ESPN's Chris Broussard:

All indications are that Phil Jackson will accept the New York Knicks' offer to join the club's front office, according to a league source.

"The Knicks have a sense of what's going to happen," the source said. "And as of right now, it looks like Phil's taking the job. There's always the possibility of something falling apart at the last minute, but the Knicks' sense is that he's joining them."

The sides are still working out the details, including what Jackson's title will be, how much time he will spend in New York and when in the next few months he will start his job.

Jackson is supposed to give New York an official answer "within the next day or so," according to Broussard. As has been reported from the start, his potential role would be in the front office, not as a coach.

The fact that Jackson is not represented by Creative Artists Agency could diminish CAA's influence in the organization. That has been an issue for the 24-40 Knicks this season, according to Broussard's report:

One Knicks player recently told that the CAA ties were a problem in the locker room.

"You see how guys from CAA are treated differently," the player said. "How they get away with saying certain things to coaches. How coaches talk to them differently than they talk to the other guys. It's a problem."

Bennett (knee) out 3 weeks

Cleveland Cavaliers rookie forward Anthony Bennett will miss approximately the next three weeks after an MRI revealed a left patellar tendon train, the team announced on Monday.

Bennett missed the Cavs' Feb. 28 game against the Utah Jazz with knee soreness and has been playing limited minutes since then. The No. 1 pick of the 2013 draft has had a roller coaster season, averaging just 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 12.7 minutes per game. He started the season slowly, coming off a shoulder injury, and sometimes was completely out of the rotation.

Dropping a reported 30 pounds, Bennett worked his way into playing shape and started to show flashes of what he can do before this setback, including a 19-point, 10-rebound game against the Sacramento Kings on Feb. 11.

Cleveland is 24-40 on the season, 3.5 games back of the Atlanta Hawks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Barbosa expects to miss remainder of regular season

Phoenix Suns guard Leandro Barbosa, who fractured his left hand last week against the Los Angeles Clipperstold Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears that he doesn't expect to return until the playoffs. When the Suns announced his injury, they said there was no timetable for his return. The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro reported that Barbosa would miss four to six weeks.

In 20 appearances after signing with Phoenix in January, Barbosa averaged 7.5 points, 1.6 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game.

The Suns are 36-26 on the season, an identical record to the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies. Guard Eric Bledsoe will return to Phoenix's lineup on Wednesday.

Brown, Clark sign second 10-day contracts with Knicks

Guard Shannon Brown and forward Earl Clark signed their second 10-day contracts with the New York Knicks on Monday, the team announced.

Both have received limited playing time in New York. This will give the Knicks four more chances to see Brown and Clark in game action and then they can decide if they want to sign the pair for the remainder of the season.

The team tweeted photos of Brown and Clark signing their contracts.

New York hosts the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night and will be without center Tyson Chandler, due to a personal matter, as announced by the team.

Crowder (abdominal strain) out vs. Warriors

Dallas Mavericks swingman Jae Crowder will miss not play against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday due to an abdominal strain, via Tim McMahon of ESPN:

"He's going to stay back and get an MRI this afternoon," coach Rick Carlisle said after Crowder sat out Monday's practice. "We don't think it's serious, but he would not be able to play tomorrow. Then we'll see where he's at, whether we have him join us in Utah [on Wednesday] or not."

Crowder aggravated the injury on Sunday against the Indiana Pacers when he went up for a dunk on a fast break. It had been bothering him for a couple of weeks, according to McMahon.

Dallas is 38-26 and seventh in the West, one game ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns.

Knicks D-League affiliate officially announced

The NBA D-League and MSG announced the league's 18th franchise on Monday morning. The new team, an exclusive affiliate of the New York Knicks, will play in White Plains, New York, at the Westchester County Center.

The team does not yet have a name, but you can submit ideas on that front if you're so inclined.

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