Carmelo Anthony

Isola: Carmelo to return to Knicks

Carmelo Anthony will return to the Knicks, and his official decision will come on Thursday, according to reporter Frank Isola (New York Daily News, July 9).

“He is really torn because this is the biggest decision of his career,” a friend of Anthony told Isola. “But he wants to get it done in New York. He told me he believes in Phil [Jackson].”

A separate source said that there is “no decision yet” and that everything is “still up in the air” (Medina, July 9). SNY’s Adam Zagoria is also hearing that Carmelo is yet to make a final decision.

During their meeting with Anthony in Los Angeles on Thursday, the Knicks reiterated to Anthony that they’re willing to offer him a max contract (Broussard, July 3).

Knicks head coach Derek Fisher told Anthony that the Knicks will be a “better basketball team” than they were last season in order to lure him back to New York (ESPN, July 8).

“I’m not sure if it hit home,” Fisher said of Thursday’s meeting. “I guess we’ll find out. Hopefully we’ll find out soon.”

The Knicks can offer Anthony a max contract of $129 million over five years.

Keith Schlosser

This confirms plenty about Anthony’s character, though the more lucrative contract New York can offer certainly doesn’t hurt.

Anthony wants to win in the Big Apple. Succeeding on this level and shining on his hometown’s brightest stage will do wonders for the forward’s legacy, if and when he happens to accomplish such a feat.

He’d be celebrated as a hero.

What matters most now is that he’s willing to give it a go. Not only will Anthony retain his status as “the man” on a team like the Knicks, but it will also give Phil Jackson a centerpiece to build around.

Anthony re-signing with New York goes a long towards asserting he believes in Jackson’s vision.

Sometimes it’s worth keeping the faith. Patience is a virtue.



Harris Decker

This is great news for the Knicks. While Carmelo Anthony will be paid handsomely for his services, he is a superstar that is unlike many others in the league. Outside of Kevin Durant, he is the best scorer in the NBA and has proven that he can score in near impossible circumstances. Last season he was the only true scoring threat and he still managed to have an incredible season. He finds his own shot as well as anyone in the NBA.

Now that Anthony is secured, Phil Jackson must now refocus his attention on moving some of the large contracts and surrounding him with some true front line talent. If Jackson is able to move Amar’e Stoudemire in a trade to the 76ers, I’d deem it a huge win. Even if that is not the case, we will have our eye fixed on next summer, when he can search for a point guard to play alongside his elite forward.




829 comments
Manny Odor
Manny Odor

Melo not re-signing lol delete  this article

Nathaniel Hunter
Nathaniel Hunter

No, your not winning a championship with this guy, didn't you see the make-up of the San Antonio Spurs.

Andre Dredog
Andre Dredog

You need at least one marketable star in a star league

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

"This confirms plenty about Anthony’s character, though the more lucrative contract New York can offer certainly doesn’t hurt."

You're right, it does say plenty about his character.  He exposed himself as nothing more then a fraud who is more interesting in collecting every dollar then allowing a solid team beside him.  Good for him getting the max, making Phil cave, etc but this certainly is a strain on getting this ship turned around.

Andy Brill
Andy Brill

Why would SNY post this considering there is still nothing confirmed?? Seems irresponsible.

tommy2b
tommy2b

If he takes the max (or close to it) everything he said about taking less to win is pure BS.

Marc Bovay
Marc Bovay

Didn't work first time we signed him last year we were suppose to be contenders

lindro88
lindro88

If Melo does wind up taking the full 129M, I really hope the narrative on this blog doesn't change from just about everyone wanting him back, to "he only came back for the money". Melo didn't offer himself a max deal. Phil Jackson did. The Knicks had one advantage over every other team, and that's the fact they could give him the biggest contract. For a player as productive as Melo has been, he here's more about being a "losing" player than anyone. So he goes out and meets with other teams to see if he can play for a team with a better roster. If money wasn't on our side, I would guess he'd wind up in Chicago. Obviously it would help the whole cause if he takes less than the max, but in the end this franchise would look pretty hopeless without him. That's Phil Jackson's opinion. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to gauging what he needs to get the Knicks franchise back into being a yearly contender in the East. If he thought it could be done easier without investing big money in Melo, he'd have gone that route and people would have accepted it. The idea that Melo should have some kind of unrelenting loyalty to the Knicks, and should have signed as soon as he was offerred a contract is unrealistic. All of these players look to put themselves in the best possible position.

ReneNYK1
ReneNYK1

Let's hope is at 119 million and Lebron get a one year buyout to Miami,if Lebron goes to Cleveland their a good chance Love is traded there and signs so if we want Love  is better for Lebron in Miami,personally I prefer Melo ,Lebron and Durrant in 2016 as the pefect big three.

rico
rico

must have been the assurances by Fisher that swayed melo LOL! 


did you read that the melo deal had a caveat that if he's not happy they will accommodate a trade?


That's some wussy stuff. $130 million, you're either in or out.  



Tim Rankin
Tim Rankin

Actually Ann LeBron is much more of a team player

Tim Rankin
Tim Rankin

Not really. ..hopefully phil will stop or curb his selfishness

Dave Kaye
Dave Kaye

I'm glad Melo is returning, but how does this speak about his character? Let's be honest here it's the contract at the end if the day on why he returned. Ain't nothing wrong with that at all so I'm not knocking him, but saying it speaks plenty about his character is a bit silly

Ann Pastorini McPartlin
Ann Pastorini McPartlin

I don't care. He and LeBron are self-centered jerks. Neither knows the concept of team.

George VanDean
George VanDean

I have yet to hear that he officially signed with NY?

nyk174
nyk174

All I'm saying is ISOLA wouldn't report this if he wasn't 100% sure....now let's BUILD A TEAM AROUND MELO...hope he takes 119mil... Even 121 mil... Back load the contract LETS GO NYKS

C0P0
C0P0

MELO!!! YOU ARE THEEEEE MAN! 

KNICK FANS LOVE YOU BRO!

THANK YOU!


LET'S GO KNICKS!

samb
samb

There is a new post up

Marvel_
Marvel_

Melo soft..


still holding out hope for a Lebron text lol

1harris1
1harris1

If LeBron leaves, I'm curious to see what happens with Wade. He opted out of a deal that guaranteed him 43 mil. over the next two years. No way anybody else pays him that. What do the Heat give him? I thought the whole point of him opting out was to allow for some major talent to supplement LeBron. Something tells me McRoberts doesn't do it for D Wade.

daymond
daymond

@BringBackDaveTelghe We don't know for sure if he is going to take the max.  The guy was just weighing his options.  What's wrong with that?  It may not be the $, but rather the pieces around him...Can't blame him for that

lindro88
lindro88

If the Knicks offered it, why shouldn't he take it. What if Phil decides he made a huge mistake and quits after a year. Decides it's too much stress. Anything Melo gets had to be agreed to. Don't blame the player for taking the best possible deal he can get.

ReneNYK1
ReneNYK1

@1harris1 If Lebron leaves he just screwed DWade his buddy because he left 40 million for two years on the table which is a very dumb move too,it's like Amare opting out ,they both will never ever get 20 million per deals.

1harris1
1harris1

Gotta love that guy. Complete winner. No drama.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@daymond Right, you can't begrudge the guy, but in the end if he just takes the max it was always about the $$$.