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 WriterIt’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.