Melo’s suitors don’t scare Knicks

Carmelo Anthony is leaning towards opting out and signing with a contender (Wojarnowski, June 14) , but that doesn’t scare the Knicks.

Despite all the talk of Anthony leaving New York and teaming up with LeBron James, Dwight Howard or Joakim Noah, the Knicks like their chances of keeping the All-Star forward according to Marc Berman of the New York Post. (Berman, June 14). 


Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher met with Anthony on Friday.

“The meeting went well — [Anthony] will still most likely opt out — but all in all, a good meeting,’’ a source told the Post.

Read more in the New York Post. 


 




11 comments
Martin Vidale
Martin Vidale

Great for Melo even if he loses his bonus contract signing money.  Phil Jacksons nepotism in signing Dereck Fisher as the Knicks coach is patent nepotism when Mark Jackson a now proven coach was available. If Phil Jackson was not going to coach the Knicks why the hell did he sign an unproven coach such as Dereck Fisher. It will fail and Carmelo saw the ominous signs of a losing season yet again, even if it was lucrative to his pockets. Good luck Carmelo well played.

Patti Eskridge
Patti Eskridge

The Knicks would be stupid to let Melo leave for nothing in return.  If they really think he is going to leave and sign elsewhere then why not trade him.  Signing with the Heat would be ridiculous, if the NBA lets this happen, I will never watch a NBA game ever again. 

They did not let Chris Paul go to the Lakers, they should not let Melo go to the Heat.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

I didn't sleep very well. Tossing and turning wondering what is going to happen to my team. Then I said this is ridiculous to get so stressed out. So I meditated for a few minutes then realized things usually work out for the best in the end in life. I feel better now.

OT  I was also thinking about how folks say Lebron is better than Kobe and Jordan. HE IS NOT! Kobe and Jordan were fun to watch. They had great moves. Lebron gets boring after awhile DUNKING BULLYING DUNKING. That sums up his game to me. His big ass should have played football. Kobe has and Jordan had perfect basketball bodies and killer instinct minds imo. I know I really need to get a life but I just love sports especially basketball. lol

ReneNYK1
ReneNYK1

All we are saying is give Phil a chance.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

So Melo wants to win now.  Sadly, his only two real viable options, HOU and CHI are not going to win a ring with him next year and Melo doesn't really understand this.

1. From CBS Sports: "...Bulls needing to clear roughly $20 million in room in order to sign him. They can take care of a big chunk of that money by using the amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer, who is slated to make $16 million next season, according to ShamSports.com. They'd also have to renounce the rights to their current free agents (Kirk Hinrich, D.J. Augustin, Jimmer Fredette, among others) and probably find a home for Mike Dunleavy's $3.3 million contract for next season without taking anything back."

So what kind of team will be in Chicago for you if they have to gut it just to fit you in? Please remember that once the rights are released, bird rights go away for the Bulls so there won't be any signing a guy for some ungodly amount AFTER they release those rights. Secondly, Rose is a big unknown, the coach is feuding with mgmt, and if you have no depth. With a coach like Thibs, you can't possibly win of there is no bench.

2. Houston. Houston has $71 million to clear so let's get that problem out in front right away.  The bigger issue is "fit." Howard, Harden, and Melo want and need the rock to be successful. Well Howard doesn't but he thinks he does which usually ends up with him whining.  Houston has the making of a complete disaster if he goes there. Too many mouths to feed and the tallest one has temper tantrums and crying fits every other day.


Simply put, the Heat are the only team that comes close to getting you to the finals next year, but if you can't go there why not just stick around and see what happens this year and in FA next year? Stop listening to the dopey media and your greedy agent about what you should do.  The sensible thing is to opt-in and try to win in the place you begged to come to.

jeandd323
jeandd323

@Martin Vidale Because Phil has a system and he wants a coach who can install his system as a core principle to build a contender. He wants someone who will listen to him so that he can function as a proxy coach, someone who is not going to be insecure if he takes a hands-on approach to the team. 

Mark Jackson is not a good choice :

He will not accept Phil interference

He has a  reputation hard headed and a  disruptive force.

He did not institute  system basket ball for the warriors let alone the much maligned triangle. He played ISO ball 


You can disagree with Phil  but u ought to try to understand his  approach to rebuild the team. I am not sure I buy in his approach yet but  I am holding judgment until I see the results. 



Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@Patti Eskridge  Because if Melo opts out of his contract he's then a FA and can choose to sign wherever he wants. If he's no longer under contract the Knicks don't have the ability to just trade him unless Melo comes to them looking for a sign and trade. But even that would just be to one specific team which severely limits the return and the Knicks at that point might rather pass at helping facilitate Melo's move to the team of his choice if they didn't like the return package.


As far as Melo going to the Heat I'd be very upset if that happened and might not watch much if any NBA for as long as it lasted either but I don't think there's anything the NBA could do about it. If anything the Player's Association might take issue with 4 of their biggest stars taking huge discounts on their contracts arguing that it could hurt what contracts other players then might get. However all they could really do I believe is strongly advise against it in an effort to persuade them not to which I doubt would have any effect if they were already dead set to do it.


The Chris Paul not going to the Lakers was a completely different scenario first because it was a trade and not a FA signing. And second at the time the league actually had control over the then Hornets now Pelicans franchise who was trading Paul. Thus they had the right to nix the Paul to the Lakers deal as they were acting as defacto owner/GM of the team trading him away at the time.

jeandd323
jeandd323

@knicksgirl35 I hate Lebron and the Heat with a passion.  I am so elated to see the Spurs humbling them.


I am in the throes of severe depression witnessing what is happening with our Knicks. I hope things get better for us from now on.


In the meantime, I am drowning myself in Malbec - this nice Carbernet from Argentina

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

Orlando, we are in complete agreement on this. It is time Melo to stop listening to the media ala Charles Barkely who said that the Heat was one bad electirician away of sweeping the Spurs and start listening to his heart and OPT in... The point is that the media have a bad record of predicting or putting a team together.