Knicks willing to offer Carmelo Anthony max contract

10:04 p.m.: During their meeting with Carmelo Anthony in Los Angeles on Thursday, the Knicks reiterated to Anthony that they’re willing to offer him a max contract (Broussard, July 3).

According to Broussard, the Knicks have told Anthony all along that they’re willing to offer him the max.

Anthony is expected to take the weekend to decide where to play next season.


Fresh off a meeting with Lakers’ brass, Carmelo Anthony will reportedly meet with the Knicks as well, with team representatives flying in to Los Angeles on Thursday (ESPN, July 3).

6:38 p.m.: Kobe Bryant will reportedly meet with Anthony personally following his meeting with the Knicks. (McMenamin, July 3rd). 

This means Phil Jackson will not have the “last” meeting with the Knicks’ star as previously desired.

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

It’s hard to say how Anthony feels at this point in his decision-making process, but Phil Jackson did tell the media just a week ago that he hoped and expected the Knicks to be the final team to meet with the forward. He’s already met with the Bulls, Rockets, and Mavericks this week (in addition to the Lakers). If Jackson is getting his wish, that means Anthony will not meet with the Miami Heat.

The forward could make his final decision before weekend’s end. (Herring, July 3rd). 

If this stands to be true, the Knicks may be at a disadvantage. Many still consider New York to be the favorites in the Melo-sweepstakes. That said, if a decision is going to be made in the coming days, the team’s roster stands tall (unfortunately so, in this case) with the most question marks. Lacking substantial star power and the flexibility necessary to add it until next summer, the Knicks arguably have the least credibility with regard to its roster.

The other teams vying for Anthony’s services have proven talent, winning records, and notable accomplishments to show for it. Whereas the Knicks can’t say the same, the team can still sell Anthony on the promise that they’ll continue to improve with a commitment towards reeling in another star or two in 2015.

Whether or not that proves to be enough remains to be seen, but it appears as though Anthony doesn’t need to see what else Jackson does with the roster this summer (one way or another) to make his decision.

 

 




643 comments
daymond
daymond

Just pay the man and be done with it.  Deep down we all want Melo to stay.  He brings excitement to the Garden and a legitimate chance to win it all.  If he walks, we have no superstar.  No time in waiting 5-6 years, or to pray on the '15 FA class.  I don't expect him to take the MAX, plus Phil will make another move this summer.  We will have a decent above par team come next season.  GO KNICKS!

rb3b3
rb3b3

I love melo, but i love the knicks more. I dont want another crippling contract. As much as i love melo, i would rather see him go then sign with us for anything more then 100-110/5. Id rather see phil build a complete team ala spurs with the extra money. Hell we all been very patient for a long time, im willing to hang in there as always and see phil build this team right. A team we all can be very proud of for a long time. Ill take that over melo anyday of the week.

Abdul Esa
Abdul Esa

New post please comment there

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

If he stays great, if not, no sweat off my shoulders...he's overrated and needs to take 40 shots to keep his average at 23-25 ppg; that's why Denver let him go.  Also, the glue embedded in his hands prevents him from being a team player....this guy epitimizes the word "ball hogger"....Confidence that Phil will make this team prosper with or without JELLO...

frankly
frankly

Melo wants a max deal and he wants to win. There is evidence that he can't have both. He can't keep playing the bulk of the game especially the with the physical beating he takes. Refs continue to let him get mauled with few calls. Melo needs support while he on the floor and maybe more importantly while he getting a breather. Hope he's thinking about what's really important to him.

angelbx
angelbx

CARRRRRMEEEEEEEEELOOOOOOOOOOO ANNNNNNNNTHOOOOONYYYYYYYY - I CANT WAIT TO HEAR IT AGAIN IN THE GARDEN WHEN HE BANGS ONE FROM THREEEEEEE - POINTS TO THE DOME.....

@Brother Blaque
@Brother Blaque

Hey who's the dude that writing these panic driven articles?

I thought this was a Knicks Blog....is that cat even a Knicks fan or what? 

I come to this site expecting positive news and ideas about the Knicks and this dude is trying to be like that punk  Frank Isola. 

Looks like anything connected to SNY and The Mets really does suck.... except for Michelle Yu.

Abdul Esa
Abdul Esa

It's it's still quite this morning, no rumors huh?

johneco
johneco

The majority of posters on this site (including me) have gone on the record stating they only want Melo if he signs for less than the max.  Now it's looking like Melo will get the max.  And Melo's max should be written MAX, because he will be THE highest paid player in the history of the NBA for most of the 5 years, starting at Kobe money, and shooting past to near 30M at the end.

So how do you all feel about it now?  If he signs, he'll be a cap-buster for 5 years.  If he doesn't sign, we probably lose him for nothing, plus field a miserable lottery team for years (without even owning our own pick in 2016).  Dilemma...

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

but then again as a Knick fan we gotta think of the worst scenario , because players have leveraged us for years

even though 129 is the highest Melo can get this season

i expect he comes back...but i accept if he leaves 

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

i like how the knicks whipped their dongs out and showed we mean business with the money

if this would've waited til after weekend with all the Lakers talk it could've been a concern that Melo got the Lakers offer and lets see what Knicks offer but we didn't even let their little headline live too long

the media ends the weekend thinking about our 129 Mill offer and no other team can stand with us in the 100+ mill bracket for Melo 

i say we set the bar

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

went out for drinks and now I'm back...and wow what a development 

129 Mill is the Bar 

hopefully he takes less since we went all out 

but i actually think it was a great play 

think about it

Twitter and Social Media which Celebs/Athletes/Notable folks take seriously 

had the Lakers offer all over like Melo was headed there even though it was just an offer

we trump that and any other offers so now his agent can say now we have the most we can get

do you wanna risk winning with a team you're not sure about taking it all, or get your money and build your team? 

if i'm Melo i'm think i'm the man and not second fiddle or part of another man's plan


if i'm right he'll be back and may even take less , hope he realizes he can get his money and still win and make this his team , not like we don't have the pieces and the system about to be implemented 

i see it as a win win situation. 

Max Denby
Max Denby

my prediction:  Melo appreciates the Max offer.  He stays true to his word, and takes a discount and returns to the Knicks.  It would be very savvy move to energize his teammates and the fan base + Melo changes his image and his a hero in NYC.  

harlemworld
harlemworld

Melo will make his decision tomorrow. Get some effin sleep!!!!!

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

If Carmelo Anthony chooses to go to the Lakers just because of broken knee Kobe, it should be celebrated on high. 

THere is absolutely no way Melo could spin to any logical person that situation gives him the best chance to win.

If Lebron joins them in LA, he is weakest superstar in the history of sports; EVER!!!

Do we want Pau Gasol? isn't he a bit old and washed up?

HarthorneWingoStarr
HarthorneWingoStarr

@rb3b3 I'm in complete agreement. I really like Melo and would love to see him be a part of a championship in New York. But he's not worth a max contract. At max numbers it would be very difficult to put together a competitive team capable of winning it all. $100-$110 MM should be enough spending money for 5 years worth of work/play.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Do you actually watch basketball?? That is why he averages the same amount of FGA...while just 2 points lower than KD...over their careers?? Lol...u sound like u get ur info from those who don't like Melo..instead of watching the games.

All that w/out a second star to pass the ball to...smh. Lol.

1harris1
1harris1

@Richard Alicea  It depends on what the cost is with him.  If he needs the max, or something very close to it, I would have major concerns.


I like him as a player a lot better than you do; and to be fair, Denver only traded him because he wasn't going to re-sign there.  That being said, if Melo is looking for the money that I suspect he is, I'll hardly be devastated if he goes elsewhere. To be honest, should he turn us down after offering him 129 million, there's really nothing more that we realistically could have done to keep him here in the first place.



Chris
Chris

@Richard Alicea You are either very young, really illiterate or a hater/troll. If you actually followed what happened in Denver you would know that they offered an extension early and he turned it down and told them he wanted to go to NYK. I luv how people come on here and lie and think everyone else has forgotten the real story

goldbuddha
goldbuddha

@Richard Alicea You have just extended your streak of misguided, and factually deficient comments. Congrats.

wingo43
wingo43

@angelbx while we lose because we can't afford to pay other good players to come here.

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

@angelbx  Yesssssss Sir!!!  You sir are the kind of Knick fan I want on this blog!!!

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

He's not worth a max contract...this guy is not elite like LBJ, Jordan or Kobe...that's the truth; rather let him sign elsewhere and use the money to get a couple of pieces that will help this team in 2015...

franktkb
franktkb

If the Knicks brought in a top free agent and did a whole day dog and pony show having $60 million less to bid we would laugh at them.

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

@Max Denby 

...The End.   That concludes this season's "Melodrama Part 2",  Hope you enjoyed the show.

johneco
johneco

@harlemworld  I doubt he will. He'll wait at least till Monday, probably longer.

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

@<insert name here> 

Give me Gasol with a move that gets rid of Bargs... sweet deal.

bblessed
bblessed

I agree with @goldbuddha and @chris

johneco
johneco

@carl hill @johneco  I did a poll on this site and about 15 people responded.  The categories were:

a) sign and trade him

b) sign him for under 17M or sign and trade him

c) sign him for under 20M or sign and trade him

d) sign him for under 22M or sign and trade him

e) sign him for whatever it takes.


The results were all for a-c (mostly c).  Except for one poster who complained I didn't have a "let him walk" category.  Zero votes for e.  Actually... weren't you one of the people who voted "c"? 

johneco
johneco

@monaz @johneco  Probably.  But does that mean salary is irrelevant? I think it will continue to be a factor - and having players at reasonable contracts will remain a key to success. 

johneco
johneco

@franktkb  We would?  I dunno... I mean half the people here expect Pau to sign on for 3M when he can make 10M with the Lakers...

Daniel Nguyen
Daniel Nguyen

@NYKnickerBocker sure why not, we need someone smarter, I still remember that stupid shot he took

Chris
Chris

@johneco @carl hill That is stupid , if you only want him at a certain price. So you lose him, and the rebuilding starts. You have to find stars or develop them when you already had one to build on. Good luck with that. Fortunately Phil is a lot smarter then the idiots that voted for a thru d

Chris
Chris

@johneco @franktkb Contract could be for 3m first year and then in 2015 reopen and re do. Calderon is his Spain pg, and he has great relationship with Phil, Derrick and Rambis . Never give up on Phil

Daniel Nguyen
Daniel Nguyen

@orlando_knickfan @Daniel Nguyen it can happen? I thought Kobe takes up all the space, and I'm not gonna lie either, LA deserves some stars, its that west coast east coast balance