Carmelo Anthony

Knicks to send team brass to Los Angeles to meet with Carmelo Anthony

Knicks brass will be traveling to Los Angeles this weekend to meet with Carmelo Anthony in an effort to convince him to remain with the club (Wojnarowski, June 13).

Among those expected to make the trip are team president Phil Jackson, owner James Dolan, and new head coach Derek Fisher.

During the trip, Jackson is expected to sell Anthony on the long-term future of the franchise.

According to Wojnarowski, this weekend’s reported meeting will be the first time Anthony and Fisher will speak in person since Fisher was installed as the team’s head coach.

Anthony, who has been working out this month in Los Angeles, is expected to opt out of his contract on July 1 and become an unrestricted free agent.

The Heat are said to have interest in landing Anthony in order to form a “Big Four” in Miami.




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Jeffrey N Sharp
Jeffrey N Sharp

Just trade him he always disappears in the fourth-quarter there's no need to keep him he's a bum

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Interesting:


However, one prominent NBA writer has already suggested the Spurs make a run at Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love and Nate Duncan of Basketball Insiders wonders if the Spurs would make chase New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony.

Re-signing Kawhi is a no-brainer. One thing that occurred to me: What if the Spurs tried for Carmelo? Not sure he’d be interested, but he’d be perfect for what they need offensively as a guy who can create offense on his own when needed, and he and Kawhi could help transition into the next Spurs era when they could potentially get more help via free agency in 2015 since Melo would still be young enough that free agents could think they would be good upon signing there even as the former big 3 fade into the sunset.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

The latest fom Wojo;

Sources: Carmelo Anthony leaning toward leaving Knicks; Bulls, Rockets in contention

New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is leaning toward leaving in pursuit of immediate championship contention, and awaits the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets to clear the necessary salary-cap space to sign him in free agency, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

As re-signing with the Knicks continues to fade as his priority, Chicago and Houston have emerged as the clear frontrunners to acquire Anthony, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Anthony's meeting with Knicks officials on Friday night had little impact on his state of mind, league sources said, because there remain too many uncertainties about how quickly president Phil Jackson can reshape the team into a championship contender.

Chicago and Houston front-office executives are working diligently on contingencies to clear the space to sign Anthony outright – or engage sign-and-trade scenarios with New York, sources said.

"His heart is in New York," one source familiar with Anthony's thinking told Yahoo Sports, "but he wants a chance to win now."

Jackson has turned off Anthony with his public proclamations of wanting the seven-time All-Star forward to take less money to stay with New York, league sources said.

Around Anthony and the NBA, there's some doubt about whether Jackson truly wants to keep him on a five-year, $120 million-plus extension, or simply is giving the appearance for public relations' sake. Jackson has been somewhat cavalier in his public declarations of wanting Anthony to stay, and it's been noticed.

Anthony has said he's willing to take less than the maximum-allowable contract, but league sources said that involves situations where he can be shown how his financial concessions can result in the immediate acquisition or retention of talent. Anthony hasn't expressed interest in taking less for hypothetical signings in 2015 or '16, as New York wants him to do, sources said.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/sources--carmelo-anthony-leaning-toward-leaving-knicks--bulls--rockets-in-contention-161206919.html

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

METTA TAKES JABS AT WOODY, NO RETIREMENT!:


Metta World Peace took to his Twitter profile on Friday to announce that he is not considering retirement.

"No way in the world I am retiring. I'm too good," said World Peace. "Last year I had a consistent pre-season. I can't control what a coach does! I played very well in the Garden last year. I played well for the Lakers prior. Metta World will be back hard body next year." World Peace is currently set to be the assistant coach of a girls high school basketball team, but it seems apparent that he'd be more than willing to take an offer from an NBA team if the situation presents itself.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Has Phil Jackson overplayed his hand with Melo? Read what he said back in April and now look at him jetting from Turkey to LA to beg Melo to not opt out.

Phil Jackson hopes Carmelo Anthony remains ‘true to his word’ after saying he’d take less money to stay with Knicks


The Knicks’ biggest perceived advantage in retaining Carmelo Anthony this summer is supposed to be the fact that they can offer him $33 million more than other teams in free agency.

But new team president Phil Jackson drew his first lines in the sand with Anthony on Wednesday, saying that he hopes the perennial All-Star will be “true to his word” about being willing to accept less money to remain in New York to help build a championship contender.

The Hall of Fame coach also didn’t sound overly concerned when asked if he believed it would be “a disaster” if Anthony leaves the Knicks to sign elsewhere.

“I’m all about moving forward,” Jackson said at the team’s practice facility in Greenburgh. “Just deal with what is and move forward. If it’s in the cards, man, are we fortunate. If it’s not in the cards, man, are we fortunate. We’re going forward anyway.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/phil-hopeful-melo-takes-stay-knicks-article-1.1766219#ixzz34dcshDqr

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

a lot of valid points , the thing i think sucks is that Melo with no matter what leverage he has, has the opportunity of making this work and helping us build a contender 

if he really wants to be here he would be recruiting and picking Phil's mind to get to next level

now if he misses out just one year and we rebuild in 2015 a contender he would just be dumb to leave

knowing we built a contender for 2015 

thats like he's expecting to Win a title in 2014-2015 with Bulls/Rockets who are still flawed 

only with Miami his chances sky-rocket 

barnaby87
barnaby87

If we do sign and trade him, i almost guarantee it won't be with a team in the east.  GS apparently had interest.  I'd talk to them about a Melo and Shump for K. Thompson, D. Lee, and H. Barnes swap.  Maybe have GS throw in a 1st rounder since D. Lee won't come off their books until 2016 and we're doing them a solid since they'd only need to rid themselves of Bogut's contract to go after another star next year or the year after.  A team built around say steph, melo, and M. Gasol would definitely let them compete in the west. 

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

Melo is not the person I thought he was if he leaves and doesn't even give Phil a chance. To me he would be just like all of the rest of the phony players. Not down-to-earth at all and not very smart.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

I'm ok with Melo leaving.  Obviously I want us to do a sign and trade so we can get something back in return.  It sucks and honestly screw him for forcing a trade to the Knicks that basically forced us into win now mode and then bolting after one tough season.  But here are the bright sides of Melo leaving.


1.  We get younger.  We can do a sign and trade for young players and picks.  The rebuild starts now and there is no pressure to "win now" or even in 2015.  


2.  We can potentially ship out Felton or JR in a Melo trade.


3.  We can really explore trading Chandler for more picks/young players.


4.  Fisher gets more time to grow into his coaching position. 


5.  Phil gets to build the team from scratch and not have to worry about catering to Melo's ego.


So we can get picks and players for Melo, look to trade Chandler as well.  Have a draft pick or two in this year's draft and maybe a lottery pick next year as well.  Then we have lots of cap space in 2015 to go after some good free agents or maybe save some room for KG in 2016.  Phil Jackson and Fisher are doing the right thing in not wanting to bring back Melo if he only wants to come back for max money.  The options cannot be Melo takes less to win a title somewhere else or stays here for the max.  If he isn't willing to sign for a hometown discount after we bent over backwards to get him and give him a max in 2010 and built the team around him last year.  Then screw him.  I would rather we build a perrenial 50 win team that can sustain success than a "championship contender" that only has a 2 year window anyways.  Of course I want a championship but I want us to be respected and that means sustained success.  

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Last question gents...Melo declines our offer and leaves ...what happens to the 23Mill we owe him this season ?

does our cap space open up this year?

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@MeloStat301

Wow that would be very interesting if Duncan retires into the sunset with a ring this summer...I believe they would have the requisite cap room make a good run.  And if winning now is a priority,  Parker-Green-Kawhi-Carmelo-Splitter should be pretty enticing...

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@MeloStat301 

Woody made plenty of mistakes, but MWP certainly didn't look like an NBA player last season. That's on him.

When MWP got bought out, no one was interested.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Knicks_Fanatic  He didn't fly from Turkey...that report was reported as false.  He hadn't left for his sons wedding...but he did fly to LA last night.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@knicksgirl35 We'll have to wait and see.

But we also gotta be real.

As an athlete, you want to achieve the maximum goal of winning, and the FO takes a lot of blame for not putting him in that position. He came here and gave us 3 playoff appearances, always carrying the team while not reciving much help or good coaching.

Melo played his heart out for this team throughout his time here while getting little appreciation from fans and very mediocre play from his surrounding cast.


I don't blame him for wanting tobe in a position to win. If we had a decent FO Melo wouldn't be thinking about leaving, and after the pathetic/sad/embarassing/terrible/disgusting/unbearable season he had to go through, while doing his best to help, he deserves at least to explore his options.

All that being said, we still don't know if Phil will be successful in their future talks and I do believe Melo should give the new FO a chance to prove their worth.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Excellent post, summed it up very well

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Blaze NYK The only chance you have at having picks in this draft is by trading Chandler for a late 1st + filler and try to buy a 2nd rounder from those teams that have an abundance of picks.

Sac, Philly, Phoenix are viable options, imo.


Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

I should add that I like Melo and think he is a superstar and want him to stay.  But only if he wants to be here and is willing to buy into the rebuild and take a hometown discount.  Paying 20 million/yr to a player in his 30s in the new CBA is not a champioship formula.  Go to Houston and good luck getting Harden to share the ball.  Go to Chicago and good luck with Derrick Rose returning to superstar form.  Go to Miami and be a front runner who is taking the easy path to a championship.  Stay here and work with Phil Jackson and have the chance to be a legend.  If he doesn't see that then bye bye.  Phil is taking the right approach and its refreshing to see.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@KnickelusKnickleby Knicks are way too over the cap.

23 mil less makes no difference given our cap situation. We'd still have to work through vet min and exception contracts.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Still over the cap, but next summer Knicks would have enough space for 3 max players

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@KnickelusKnickleby

No; Knicks are about $30M over the cap.  Losing that $23M would put the team at about $7M over the cap.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@VerySilentJay @Blaze NYK And we can definitely do that if Melo is leaving bc we don't have to worry at all about competing.  Plus couldn't we get a draft pick for Melo in a sign and trade?  We have next year's pick which will most likely be a lottery pick if Melo leaves.  So going into 2015 we would have a couple of first round pick players on rookie contracts, Hardaway and Shump and cap space to sign 2 or maybe 3 max players.  That sounds pretty awesome to me.  That 2015 team would be a team that could compete for 5 or 6 years possibly.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@VerySilentJay @KnickelusKnickleby yeah but moving Chandler is more of an option if Melo is traded.  Could yield us some draft picks and/or we can include Felton and/or JR in a Melo or Chandler trade.  That would leave us with only STAT and Bargnani to expire and we might be able to move them by the trade deadline next season.  If Melo leaves, it basically allows the Knicks to start the rebuild now instead of wasting a season and then putting together a win now squad that has a 2 or 3 year window at the most.  

theking
theking

@Buck50  lmaooo why would melo care he gets that at the garden and in atl and other arenas lol think he cares about lin? lmaooooooooo

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Blaze NYK @VerySilentJay Personally, I want to compete, I want to see the team in the playoffs.

We still have pieces that can get you decent return to maintain a competitive team while having the chance at having flexibility moving forward.

I don't see Phil or a coach looking to prove himself having the intention to tank in their first year at work. 

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@illmatix

Not really. Only thing it opens up is a bit more MLE money ($5M instead of $3M), since Knicks would be below $70M luxury tax threshold.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Yes there is, 3 max players in 2015 and not giving a 30 yr old 129 million.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Mel Brown

Yeah, 58 and change.  But as Seth mentioned it will increase this summer (exactly how much TBD)

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Cap is expected to increase to 62 million for this season

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

@BigChiefTriangle @illmatix ok so can we get a solid contributor on the Mid-Level? like Bledsoe?


MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Seth Nadler  You cant have 3 max players...that's what the cba did to prevent it from happening.  You can have a big 2..but be strapped to put pieces around them...hopefully Phil can talk some guys to takin paycuts to come play in Ny...in a rebuild.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@KnickelusKnickleby @BigChiefTriangle @illmatix

Bledsoe is probably out of Knicks' price range, even though he's had some injury problems.  But I think there are always solid contributors that can be found for $5M.  I'd think more along the lines of Shaun Livingston, Patty Mills, Ramon Sessions....that level of talent.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@MeloStat301 @Seth Nadler OK so 2 max players.  I wouldn't want 3 anyways bc I think it puts too much pressure on those 3 players to not get hurt.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Waited over 40 years, what's 1 more year

barnaby87
barnaby87

@Mel Brown @barnaby87 I agree, he's not a go to player, but he'd be an excellent complementary guy.  Put up 20+ per game in his prime.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Seth Nadler Why wait. You can still put together a solid team together, especially if you're smart in a hypothetical S&T.

You can still put together a team that makes a push for the playoffs while making moves to help the team move forward.

No reason to believe that next season will be lost.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@VerySilentJay @Seth Nadler Yup.  It also makes moving Chandler more viable as we can really tank next year.  If Melo and Chandler are being traded then we can probably include Felton and JR in those trades as well.  Maybe get 2 draft picks in this year's draft and maybe our pick next year is a lottery pick.  So we could have 3 young players on rookie contracts plus Shump and Hardaway and the ability to sign 3 max players in 2015.  honestly that sounds pretty good to me.