Knicks still the favorite to retain Carmelo Anthony?

Sam Spiegelman

Knicks 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.




8 comments
chudogz1
chudogz1

Melo haters are gonna love this.......

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

Look, the main fact is Melo doesnt just want to win. His dream is to win in his city. Houston wont work bcuz Melo and Harden need way better coaching than Kevin Mchale. Bulls wont happen bcuz D.Rose is the hugest question mark in the league as far as health is concerned......Jesus will return b4 D.Rose and even when he comes back he cant play the same way. Phil is the total game changer here believe or not!

anthony G. Decesare
anthony G. Decesare

The Houston Rockets reportedly are willing to trade "almost anything" for New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.  Houston is said to have offered Omer Asik, Jeremy Lin and either a first round draft pick or Terrence Jones, according to Basketball Insider's Steve Kyler.Houston is serious about their pursuit of Anthony, who can opt out of his contract and become a free agent on July 1. "Houston would trade almost anything not named Dwight Howard and James Harden to get at Anthony and they would go all in on a contract too," Kyler wrote on Tuesday.  "There has been talk that Houston has offered up Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin in a 'give away' trade that could include their draft pick in the first round or a roster player like Terrence Jones to get those salaries off the books."

http://www.hngn.com/articles/32354/20140527/ny-knicks-rumors-rockets-offering-omer-asik-jeremy-lin-1st.htm

Rockets offering Lin, Asik and a 1st rounder, sign and trade for Anthony

New York is still widely considered to be the frontrunner to re-sign Anthony, but the All-Star is expected to receive offers from a number of teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, the Chicago Bulls and the Dallas Mavericks.The Charlotte Hornets are also expected to be a suitor, according to the Charlotte Observer.The Lakers, though, aren't expected to break the bank for Anthony.  Kyler reported that although Los Angeles wants Anthony, they're unwilling to offer Anthony a lush contract.Chicago has a chance to pick up Anthony, but they'd have to amnesty -- or trade -- Carlos Boozer and trade another play, such as Taj Gibson, to make salary cap room for Anthony.Dallas, according to Kyler, has the money to offer Anthony a big payday. "Dallas has the cash to go after Anthony straight up," Kyler wrote.  "Dirk Nowitzki has already told the team he'll work with them to get them the cap space to sign another significant player.  So Dallas could get to the $20-22.5 million number the Knicks are expected to offer.  They could present a team built around Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon and Nowitzki with a proven coach in Rick Carlisle."

barnaby87
barnaby87

Yeah, it's not happening.  I think there's about a zero percent chance of a coach getting hired who is not a "Phil guy".  If it's not Fisher, I'm expecting another ex-bull/laker to get the nod before anyone else is considered.

lpeezy31
lpeezy31

" SURPRISE " !!!!!!


Dave Chappelle " For What it's Worth " voice

jax13
jax13

I think Phil jax will turn us around too. Also the east is bad. We could make a run next season then be a powerhouse in 2015.....I believe in Phil n his vision.