Melo says he would take less money to remain with Knicks

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Carmelo Anthony says he would take less money in free agency to remain with the Knicks and build a winner in New York.

“Without a doubt,” Anthony told reporters in New Orleans for All-Star Weekend, according to ESPNNewYork.com. “Any opportunity I have to build that up in New York, I’d do it. I told people all the time, always say, ‘If it takes me taking a pay cut, I’ll be the first one on [Knicks owner] Mr. [James] Dolan’s steps saying take my money and let’s build something strong over here.’ ”

Anthony has long maintained he plans to opt out and become a free agent this summer, but said Friday his “first priority” is to remain with the Knicks. His wife, La La Anthony, has said she “definitely” expects him to remain with the Knicks.

carmelo-anthony2“I’ve never been a guy that comes into a situation, when it’s not going well, to leave,” Anthony said. “That’s not my personality.”

Still, he did give some mixed messages, telling Sage Steele and Tim Legler on ESPN’s SportsCenter that he would be willing to “test” free agency.

“I want to win a championship, so I’m gonna do whatever I have to do to win a championship,” he said. “If that means testing free agency and see what happens on that market, then so be it.”

Anthony can sign a five-year deal worth $129 million with the Knicks, but can only sign for $96 million for four seasons with another team this summer.

“As far as the money, it don’t really matter to me,” Anthony said on ESPN. “If I go somewhere else, I get paid. If I stay in New York, I get paid. As far as the money goes, it’s not my concern.”

The Knicks are locked into the contracts of Amar’e Stoudemire ($23.4 million), Tyson Chandler (14.6) and Andrea Bargnani (11.5 ) through the 2014-15 season, but Kevin Love and Rajon Rondo become free agents in 2015.

“I have a chance to attract some people to come to New York,” Anthony said on “SportsCenter.” “I think playing in New York — and everybody saw this last year, how electrified that city was. The organization, the team, how much fun we had as a team when we was playing good basketball. So I want to kind of bring that back to New York. And if I can become a free agent to make that happen, then I want to do that.”

Anthony also stated that he won’t be traded before the Feb. 20 NBA trade deadline.

“When is the trade deadline? I don’t think there’s no way possible I’ll be traded,” he said. “I don’t think they’re even considering it.

“If they feel they want to get rid of me, we’d already have had that conversation. I don’t think that. I know for a fact I’m not being traded, and I know for a fact I’m not going in there saying I want to be traded.”

As far as coach Mike Woodson, Anthony also gave some mixed signals, telling “SportsCenter” he had his coach’s back, then adding, “Whatever happens, happens.”

Former Knicks coach Larry Brown told The Knicks Blog Friday both that Knicks owner Jim Dolan “likes” Woodson and that Woodson and Anthony have a “great” relationship.


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.





290 comments
Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

Going into the 2011 Draft, I really believed that both Mayfield and Saad should have been first rounders. Maybe Saad is more obvious right now, but at least we got one of them. Of all the unusual things, having a qualified left-handed, hard shooting defenseman wouldn't hurt us, though. At worst, hopefully de Haan really picks up his game and can feed Pulock for one-timers on the PP. This paragraph needs more non sequiturs, doesn't it?

Oren Harsanyi
Oren Harsanyi

Ville Pokka helped get us Leddy. Pulock is pretty damn special. And Mayfield looks like a keeper. So besides the obvious let's not forget these guys. Pokka was highly regarded and was a originally picked in the 2nd round.

Ryan Hendriksen
Ryan Hendriksen

Skinner is always injured...everyone passed on Fowler for some reason...and Tarasenko was the Russian factor as players were jumping to the KHL...essentially that draft got us Cal Clutterbuck and I'm am very ok with that...his intangibles are understated.

Ryan Hendriksen
Ryan Hendriksen

I liked his drafts...there will always be what ifs but look at all the guys drafted in our lineup. The Nino mistake turned into Cal a very important piece of our team. The only thing I wish is we had that 22nd pick in this year's draft.

Steffen Ulmer
Steffen Ulmer

Fowler would have been an awesome pick. Can't believe how far he fell, until today.

Vicp73
Vicp73

Christophere Lizza Says Garth is doing a great job. Who's Christophere Lizza?

Oh that's right a guy who grew up on Long Island and is an Isles fan . C'mon Brian give me some Pierre Lebrun , Bob Mackenzie , Darren Dregor............


9 season as GM 

0 starting goalies 

1 solid dman (Hammer)

0 playoff series wins

AHL team last in the League 

Only saving grace winning the Lottery. without jt this team is still a bottom feeder 


Hey RM i see your busy spreading lies again, i also see that some are actual buying into your defense of the Vanek BS trade . C'mon man not even you believe your own lies 

primus
primus

This is not a grade on the teams record, its a grade on his drafts. And IMO a B+ is about right. If you think the writer of the article was biased you should look in the mirror. I question sometimes whether you actually want to see Snow succeed or not...

Vicp73
Vicp73

@primus Tavares , Strome , Reinhart , Nino, were all slotted to be picked in those spots . All you needed was an issue of the hockey news draft preview .

I'm gonna give a gm a pad on the back cause his team finishes near the bottom and than he takes the obvious pick ? 

Hammer and Nelson were solid late round picks , so he got a few right in 9 seasons 

primus
primus

If it's that easy then why does Edmonton still suck? Lee, Martin, Cizikas were also very good picks. If Snow succeeds the isles succeed...

primus
primus

OK, so Chicago is only good because they got lucky getting Toews and Kane, those were no brainers too right?

Vicp73
Vicp73

@primus No it's as simple as winning the JT lottery , Yakupov is not Jt 

Vicp73
Vicp73

@primus And being a GM is more then just drafting 

primus
primus

No but Hedmann is pretty dam good. Look I'm not saying there isn't luck involved, there always is, but you have to give a guy credit for taking the right players as well.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@primus The JT draft 95% had Jt going 1st , it was the only logical choice 

Brian Bradley
Brian Bradley

But what's the title of the article? Your argument is invalid

Vicp73
Vicp73

@primus Oh they weren't no brainers?? Are you kidding me right now? And no it also helps to bring in Good management along with coaching . 

Toews was 3rd overall and Kane was 1st 

primus
primus

So for other teams it was because of good management for good picks, for the isles its because we have high picks and got lucky.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@rmbbanned2 @Vicp73 So are you comparing JT's draft year to that of Toews? JT was a Phenom coming into that draft . But i know you already knew that 

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@Vicp73 IN 2006- Erik johnson and Jordon Staal went before Toews..


So does that make the GM's of the Blues and Pens idiots?


Ray Shero was the Pens GM..


And the kid selected in 2009 at #8, has been cut loose by the stars

primus
primus

But we are talking about his drafting ability right now.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@rmbbanned2 @Vicp73 funny thing is, if Snow drafted Johnson over Toews  you would some how spin it in Snow favor, Once in a while man up and admit Snow's short comings, you may get a little more respect around here 

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@Vicp73 

I am taking your silly comment "Tavares , Strome , Reinhart , Nino, were all slotted to be picked in those spots . All you needed was an issue of the hockey news draft preview "


and laughing at you- very loud..


Congrats on Skipping over Toews for Johnson and Staal there Mr Hockey news. and missing out on the cornerstone of the first post  salarycap dynasty..


Congrats to Snow for trading down not once but twice in 2008 and missing such awesome talent as

Luke Scheen at 5

Nik Filatov at 6

Colin Wilson at 7

Boedker at 8

Hodgeson at 10

Beech at 11


And when your rebuilding the franchise via drafting, signing, developing and extending players while running a cap floor team- the draft is most of your job


Vicp73
Vicp73

@rmbbanned2 @Vicp73 Your laughing loud? Why cause your boy Snow f'd up the Nino, and Vanek debacle? is that why your laughing?


rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@Vicp73 Your a clown who comes on and screaming anti-management each and every day..


Snow rates a "B+", and rather then say anything like" well that is earned" you come here an attack the GM.


Not the author of the article, not the hockey writers site- you attack Snow and anybody who agrees with the B+ rating..


Your a set of oversized, mismatched clown shoes.. You dont know the first thing about respect for the sport, for the players involved, the men who manage it.


I know this- your a wanna be who brags  about his teenaged hockey BS, while critiquing guys who made it to the NHL..


Enjoy your popcorn from the sofa while you watch them play a game you couldn't hack..

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@Vicp73 Snow rates a "B+" from a site you and your blog buddies worship when your not reading hockey buzz- which is joke to everyone.



rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@Vicp73 That is why your clown shoes. You don't like Snow, so you refuse to appreciate the job he has done under awful circumstances. Cap floor, no budget and no long term home for the team for almost 10 years..


Your inability to appreciate excellent- from a guy you don't like- sits only in the shadow of your " wanna be" hockey player status.


Sorry your teenaged dreams flopped flat. Get over it..


I dont like the way Wang views business ethics- but i admire his professional excellence in running his business Empire, his dedication to this franchise, and his uncanny ability to make money from what appeared to be a hopeless Arena situation.


Just cause i don't like a person based on their personal ethics, doesn't preclude me from admiring their success and acumen.







primus
primus

So your saying its not as simple as just having high picks? Ohhhhhh

primus
primus

A playoff team with a top 5 rated farm system.

chrisredux
chrisredux

@primus snowjob can never succeed, hes not bright enough...Proof will be this off season when he does nothing to upgrade...He blew his nut last off season, i do not see him coming anywhere close this year.. With snowjob at the helm IMO This team will never jump to the next level...

Vicp73
Vicp73

@primus And do i want Snow to succeed? I want the Islanders to succeed , If Snow was canned tomorrow I'm sure 99% of Isles fans wouldn't shed a tear 

Vicp73
Vicp73

@primus Poor Management , poor hockey decisions by people that were not qualified to make those decisions. 

Not anymore , Bob Nichols running the show along with Pete Chiarelli your going to see a big turn around in Edmonton 

Vicp73
Vicp73

Like i said , being a gm is more then just drafting

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@Vicp73"As the main source of NHL player acquisition, the NHL draft is a huge and often debated area of the game'


That would Corey Pronman- he knows a bit about hockey, prospects and the NHL draft...

But you keep writing different..



primus
primus

Chris, but you also said this team would never be a playoff team under Snow...

Oren Harsanyi
Oren Harsanyi

Pokka=Leddy. Strome, Lee, Hammer, Nelson. Pulock, give some credit here.

Oren Harsanyi
Oren Harsanyi

What about Pulock, mayfield...how about Ville Pokka that helped get us Leddy? Forgot about those huh? Listen he's made mistakes but give some more credit. You forgot to mention some guys there.

mrcisback
mrcisback

 I figured i'd take a little break from painting. Some people may not agree with me but i actually think Snow has done a good job in drafting since 2008. I'm sure some people will say that this guy was available and that guy was available when it was the Islanders turn to pick. Anybody can say that after the fact. In the 2008 draft the Islanders had the 5th pick and every Islander fan including myself was upset when Snow didn't select Nikita Filatov and traded down twice and selected Bailey at #9. I'm not a big fan of Bailey but only 6 players from that draft have more points then then Bailey right now. #57 Travis Hamonic,excellent pick. #96 Matt Donovan. We don't know about him because Capuano doesn't give him a chance. #148 Matt Martin. Excellent pick. #155 Jared Spurgen not bad. The 2009 draft #1 John Tavares future hall of famer if he stays healthy. #12 Calvin dehaan. I'm not crazy about that pick. I wanted Zack Kassian at #12. #92 Casey Cizikas a good gritty 4th liner. #152 Anders Lee an absolute steel for a 6th round pick. The 2010 draft #5 Nino Niederrieter. I wasn't happy with that pick. I wanted Cam Fowler at #5. #30 Brock Nelson. An excellent pick at the end of the 1st round. The 2011 draft with the 5th pick Snow took Ryan Strome. Strome was 3rd on my list. I had Sean Couturier and Dougie Hamilton ahead of him. Even though i'm happy with Strome i would of still picked Couturier and Hamilton ahead of him. #34 Scott Mayfield. Too early to tell. The 2012 Draft the Islanders selected at #4 Griffen Reinhart. I wanted #9 Jacob Trouba or #7 Mathew Dumba. Reinhart i had at 8-10. Time will tell on Reinhart. The 2013 i was very happy with Snow picking Ryan Pulock at #15. A 90 mile per hour slapshot in a mans body is all you have to know. Time will tell. The 2014 draft i was very happy with Michael dal Colle  at #5 and Ho Sang at #28. Time will tell if Snow made the right selections.

elephant
elephant

What does Snow do at this draft?  Does he make a trade for picks?  Personally, I would rather take the hit this summer and have an "off" draft year, but make a trade for established players in the off-season.

primus
primus

Elephant, IMO one of Snows strongest attributes as a GM is he doesn't make moves just to make them. If he feels there is a player he wants and can get in the draft he will do it, but he is not going to make a trade for picks just for the sake of doing it.

willymayshays
willymayshays

Reinhart, Pulock and many more are still an unknown.  The only drafts IMO that are gradable are his first 3. 


People say the Bailey draft was terrible.  Truth is it was not.  Garth actually had a pretty good draft compared to other teams that yr!  The next yr was gold and the yr after, moving up to draft to pick Nelson at the end of the 1st rd impressed me and Nino is not a bad player, he had an attitude issue... it happens... not every pick works out, but he does have have talent.


The Strome draft is just starting to bare fruit, but how about Strome!  Could be a better overall player than JT.  Loved the mayfield pick in the second rd.



I'd give him a solid B+ for his first 3 drafts, but I think that in another yr, we'll say the Strome draft was a good one too. On a personal level, the all D draft was my favorite overall and the Pulock pick was my favorite pick.  

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@willymayshays Snow seems to (thankfully) draft the Best Player Available(BPA)- rather then draft for need( the fans take on most drafts)..


The idea is too just add talent to your system. The more talent, the more trade assists you have to make a move to fill a need in the future. 


Bridgeport exists for 1 reason- to provide a training ground for players to develop their games and become NHL players- either for the Isles, or to acquire players who will help the Isles. 


I don't care about the regular season record at B-Port. Send the Isles one  player each year who can make the NHL roster and have a few guys on hand that can step up and fill in for a few games if a regular NHL player gets hurt..


Snow drafts very well.. Your point on grading only the first three drafts is well founded. Nino is 22, and was drafted in 2010... You don't give a final NHL grade to a guy who is 22..He is a newbie..


willymayshays
willymayshays

@rmbbanned2 @willymayshays


Good post


BPA all day.  That's why the all D draft was my fav.  His best job off BestPlayerAvail in each rd.  IMO



110% on BP record. who cares.. not me.  I think we're more interested in what high level talent comes through than the minor leagues team success.    We'll leave that stuff (or anything else that can be construed as negative) for the whiners.  Plenty of those around here...

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

I dont think Nino was a debacle in terms of talent... 

He has 38 goals with 35 assists in 160 games with the Wild, he turns 23 this season. 

I do believe the Isles had to move him because his attitude was awful. That is bad in a locker room of vet NHL players, even worse in a locker room of young NHL players.


Cal Clutterbuck is everything Nino wasn't. 

Cal is almost 1/2 the scorer Nino is today. But he also IS physical, grinder, a pain in the arse to play against, and wore the "A" when KO was out with an eye injury. That only happens with  the blessing of the guy wearing the "C". Nino would have been another scorer on a team with plenty of scoring. Clutterbuck is a physical presence on a team that desperately needed it, and some say still needs more Snarl..


AS for Vanek- well that deal lead to Collberg and the "Ho" in Ho-Sang coming back..


total carnage is listed below..


Isles traded/lost 21, 35, 39, 51, 59 and what should be another very late second rd pick from the Wild in 2016- for #28 and #33 plus a few months of Vanek..


Which should really matter to the loudest critics, because you all believe Snow can't draft anyway..right?



The #21 - (To Sabres for Vanek)

Ho-Sang (#28)

Collberg (#33) 

#35 - (Isles 2014 pick sent to Bolts for Ho-Sang)

Vitek Vanecak- (#39 in 2014- To Sabres for Moulson)

#51- (2015- to Sabres in Vanek deal)

#57 - (From Habs in Vanek trade-sent to Bolts for Ho-Sang)

Second rd pick in 2016( to Sabres from Moulson from Wild)


Brian Bradley
Brian Bradley

Love that you use facts. Frankly, I'm exhausted just thinking about how long that took to put together haha. Keep em coming

elephant
elephant

@rmbbanned2 Always liked Clutterbuck and still think that Nino's horrible attitude made that trade beneficial to the Islanders.  

I think the Vanek deal is still a failure though.  Snow would have got Ho Sang regardless, and Collberg isn't looking so hot.  If you put the whole situation forward, it may not look so bad, but piece-by-piece, Snow definitely did make a couple of mistakes.  First, he made a gamble that would succeed if Vanek signed, which he didn't, and second, he traded Vanek for very little from Montreal.  

That said... Any GM is going to have successes and failures (unless you're Mike Milbury, of course), and I think Snow has done a very good job overall, given his constraints.  

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@Brian Bradley

Not that long, I am a data pig..Hence my clashes with guys who pull stuff from mid air, and pretend it is fact..

Isles also got pick #70 with Cal Clutterbuck

(Eamon Mcadam)..


from TSN.ca-


there is better than a 34.0% chance that a second-round pick (31-60) plays 100 NHL games. 


29.3% of third-round (61-90) picks, 

19.3% in the fourth round (91-120), 

14.7% in the fifth round (121-150), 

15.5% in the sixth round (151-180) 

9.2% in the seventh round (181-210)."


I just think if your discuss picks, a solid break down on the chances of a pick to play 100 NHL games helps put a value on what a pick is worth..


On this site, a lot of people throw numbers in the air, that they pull from their bottoms..




rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@elephant Oh, i agree. It was a risk, that didn't pay off. 

I am not defending Snow on Vanek- IF he was fired, it would have been well earned.


I just took the lipstick off that pig, and put up the final butchers bill on Vanek, Moulson and what the cost was for the Isles.


What MAKES me LAUGH, is the fans who are commenting on a TALBOT. They guy who will be a UFA this time next year. 


The Isles gave up Moulson, the #21 and #51 picks in the draft for Vanek. It was condemned. 


Now they are writing not 1, 2 but 3 franchises are looking at giving up high level picks for 1 year UFA rental- who has 53 NHL starts on his goalie skates..



elephant
elephant

@rmbbanned2  Yeah, I agree... the condemnation for the Vanek deal is overdone, but hey, this is social media!  I also think the fact that Moulson, such a fan favorite, was shipped off made the reaction worse.  

The Talbot situation is a little mind-boggling, but I guess his value now is higher than ever after his long-term success last season.  I'd be interested to see how he plays on a team that does not defend as well as the Rangers.