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.




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ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK
ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK

“He’s having his ups and downs, but he’s a big boy, he’ll be all right,’’ Paul said. “I’ve been in that place, especially with my injuries. Melo was the first person to reach out to me. LeBron [James] and those guys, we really have a brotherhood. We got a group text message where we talk and check on each other.’’

ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK
ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK

“I don’t know man,’’ Anthony said. “I don’t know who’s tradeable, who’s on the block. Not many people that I think can come right now in February and change our whole season around. This is a difficult time.


“Those are guys who get paid to be the geniuses of the organization,’’ Anthony added. “If they want my advice, I’m more than welcome to talk to and try to figure it out. Other than that, leave it to those guys.’’

darealeric
darealeric

"Huh? Melo wants to meet with ME to discuss basketball and our future? holy crap, I need to learn something about basketball ASAP..."

-Dolan

knickstape
knickstape

if the kings are interested in Shump why don't we try trading  Shump and Felton for Isiah Thomas and someone else to balance the salaries


Then trade Udrih for a 2nd round pick


I'm just praying the knicks don't trade Timmy 

Chris
Chris

Time for the haters to change tact and now say Melo is in decline, since all the other crap has been thrown out. Problem is this has been his best year in the league at 29-39. He has 5 to 8 good to great years left based on his style of play  Only thing that could hurt is our idiot coach wearing him down.

dagawd
dagawd

Timmy Jr will most likely have a better career than Jr Smith.


Knicks should try and move a few dead weight

dagawd
dagawd

Carmelo Anthony said on Friday that his "first priority" is to re-sign with the New York Knicks in free agency.



When asked whether he will consider taking less money from the Knicks to give the team extra salary flexibility, Anthony said, "Without a doubt."


MelO takes less money, he will earn my respect


ReneNYK1
ReneNYK1

The Kings want Iman I will do a Iman for Ben McLemore straight up,I think this kid is raw but the real deal with and next year could be a breakout year.

Jesse Brand
Jesse Brand

I honestly wouldn't mind love he's way diff then stat spaces the floor and grabs 8 more rebounds a game

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

When Stat and Melo came they spoke about championships. It will be interesting to see if Stat opts out along with Melo to make this happen.

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

THjr wont go anywhere.

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

Melo goes nowhere. All the thirsty fans of other teams will be heartbroken when he resigns. We have to think integrity. How would Melo ever be taken serious if he hops around from team to team and cant make it work with every coach? Hes stayin

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

Two comments:


(1) You Cats need to stop worrying about Cats money and what a Cat have in his wallet. If you don't know what I mean come ask me about my money and what I have in my wallet!


(2) A trade that should get done by two desperate teams who need to make the playoffs this year due to the lost or/and potential lost of a lottery pick, the New Orleans Pelicans and the Knicks.

The Knicks trade center Chandler, guard JR Smith, and point guard Beno to the Pelicans for backup center Greg Stiemsma, guard Austin Rivers, and point guard Tyreke Evans. 

Then fire Woodson so he won't try to play small ball by putting his pet Pablo in the starting 5! 

The starting five:

Stiemsma (until AB get back)

A'mare (Tyler and AB next year)

Carmelo

Shump

Tyreke Evans

  

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

LOL...the trolls on here are classic...they complained saying Melo woundt take less this year...he publicly declares..he would if he needs too...now he's LYING! He won't take less...it makes no sense...classic stuff..lol

barnaby87
barnaby87

@knickstape I don't see them getting rid of Isiah Thomas for shump and felton.  The guy's lighting it up

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

Don't like Isaiah as a PG for a championship team. Too undersized and doesn't have the playmaking skills. I want a floor general that makes people better and defends he position. Would wait for a 2015 FA opportunity or trade for a young talent or pick to fill the need

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@Chris  Dude, until he actually signs a new contract for less, its all just words.  Lebron said he wouldn't leave Cleveland until he brought them a championship.  These dudes change their minds all the time.  And what Melo means by "less" could make very little real difference.  He might mean one or two million less than the super max he can get, which would not be that significant.


Hopefully I'm wrong.  hopefully melo stays and takes a nice significant cut (like say making only 16 or 17 million a year) to get other quality players here and build a championship team.  But until he actually signs that new contract, its premature for you to say I told you so.

C0P0
C0P0

Most definitely.

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

Honestly I'd rather have Felton, even though he's terrible. That's 3 times the money. You could get a player better than Lin with the $10 million you save

zebeto
zebeto

@ReneNYK1 kinda redundant with ThJr in our squad..both SG .........same with folks clammoring for Love with Melo in the team .

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

@Jesse Brand Love is just a bigger Melo with lack of aggression in the post. We need a serious pg

zebeto
zebeto

@Kvdaone ...thats something i never thought bout ...Stat also opting out and redooing his contract ..........i would gain made respect for Both if they did that .

hashburry
hashburry

@Kvdaone  Hate to break it to you, but fans outside of NY do not think very highly of Melo.  Here in Warrior territory, they see him as one dimensional and not a superstar.  I would guess that is the general view.

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

@Jesse Brand we dont need Love. hes a bigger version of Melo. We need a dominant pg

Chris
Chris

@knicks50  Evans would be a huge upgrade. He wants to play 1

Chris
Chris

@Blaze NYK @Chris  Its better words then I`m out and I want to go to XXXXXXXXX, like he did in Denver

Chris
Chris

@smiggybalz  Read his stat line before you pontificate , rebounding up, assists up, tos down, and if you watch games you will see that he plays def, his blocked shots are up. He is the only player on the team earning his money. A little latin hate?

brookdon
brookdon

He has an early termination option which is basically the same thing

Chris
Chris

@zebeto @Kvdaone  Stat is going to keep his money. If you had his knees would you give money back. This could be his last contract

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

@zebeto @KvdaoneI doubt if he does but it will be interesting to watch how it plays out. If he doesnt he may be traded

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

Evans is way overrated. Can't be a 1. He's a perfect guy to put up numbers on a terrible team. He has one move - the step-back jumper. No thank you

Rivers beyond sucks. If he wasn't Doc's son he'd be in D league

chudogz1
chudogz1

What about the "woodsexuals" on here who love Coach Woodrow

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

He'd be a fool to opt out, as much as I'd love to see it. No way he is worth close to the $23 mm he's owed in a new deal, so it makes no sense for him