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, Lead WriterThis 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 DeckerThis 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.