Sam SpiegelmanKnicks fans could use some good news this spring. Perhaps this will do the trick.
The New York Post reported Carmelo Anthony held a dinner with his entourage Friday night to discuss his free agency. The verdict: despite the interest of the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets, the Knicks “may be the default.”
The Rockets need to get under the salary cap to make a run at ‘Melo, and that might include the team dealing Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik. The Bulls might need to cut ties with Mike Dunleavy, Taj Gibson and Carlos Boozer to create space, plus there is still an uncertainty surrounding All-Star point guard Derrick Rose.
Anthony last met with Knicks president Phil Jackson in April, when signs pointed to Steve Kerr taking over as head coach. Of course, Kerr is now running the Golden State Warriors, and Jackson is waiting on Derek Fisher to complete his playoff run before discussing his interest in the Knicks’ vacancy.
When Jackson and Anthony last met, Anthony said he would be willing to take less than the max salary to stay in New York so Jackson could provide him with a better surrounding cast in 2015.
Because of the other cuts and deals his other suitors have to make, the Knicks might be the safe choice, as long as ‘Melo trusts that Jackson can transform the the team into a contender.