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The union won and so did the Knicks.
In a bonanza to their free-agent summer, Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak have been granted their “early-Bird rightsâ? by an arbitrator, giving the Knicks more financial flexibility this summer, allowing them use of their mid-level exception on a free agent.