Pau Gasol planning return to Lakers if Carmelo Anthony lands in Los Angeles?

Earlier in the offseason, it was reported that the Knicks were hoping to reel in Pau Gasol as a way of convincing Carmelo Anthony to stay in the Big Apple.

Apparently, talk of such a pairing must’ve been appealing to Gasol. Perhaps he thought the Knicks were on to something. He reportedly wants to see that through, but unfortunately, not exactly in the way New York was initially hoping.

Instead, it appears as though Gasol would remain in La La Land if Carmelo Anthony opts to sign with the Lakers.

“If the Lakers get Carmelo, Pau will stay,” said a person familiar with Gasol’s thinking (Los Angeles Times, July 3).

Keith Schlosser

The Lakers, like Phil Jackson and the Knicks, envision an Anthony-Gasol pairing in the front court. They have the potential to offer Gasol a much higher (more than double) annual salary in a multi-year deal than New York. Perhaps that, paired with the opportunity to stay in a familiar place, will be convincing enough for Gasol to stay.

Signing Anthony would undoubtedly mean the Lakers are committed, not only to improving, but competing for a championship right away. Such dedication, along with the opportunity to hit the hardwood with Gasol and Kobe Bryant, may prove to be too much for the Knicks’ star to turn down.

The Lakers are set to meet with Carmelo Anthony on Thursday following previous meeting with the Bulls, Rockets, and Mavericks. They Knicks are widely expected to meet with the forward last.




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Kvdaone
Kvdaone

if he'll play with Melo in LA, he'll play with Melo in NYC. Send Ellington to the Dleague, trade Shump for a pick and move Bargs. Pau should fit

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

i guarantee that Phil knows he cant just sell Melo on the we can offer more money as the reason for returning, he has to have layed out a plan, a successful plan

harlemworld
harlemworld

TKB banned lobcity!!! You guys are that salty that I laughed my azz of at your horrible thread? Smh

Joseph Baffi
Joseph Baffi

one thing dolan dont play when it comes to money he just offers most lol

Abdul Esa
Abdul Esa

There is a new post, comment there.

RadioRah
RadioRah

Who got a good feeling about Phil making this trip? Does it end tonight or does Melo prolong this agony I'm feeling?

Joseph Baffi
Joseph Baffi

knicks tell melo you can have all the xtra cheese burgers we have left now that felton is gone

rgm891
rgm891

Melo all u need is one ring. Immortality. That's the Knicks pitch. How can anyone beat that?

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Phil walks into the Lakers meeting with Fisher...pats Jeanie on the bum...says "excuse me, Carmelo....129 is it??" Lol.

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Hearing Lala gonna be at the Knick meeting only means he's resigning today , what can she possibly pitch? 

" i aint leaving NY " lol

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Phil like Surprise Melo LALA is now president of the Garden Of Dreams Foundation 

and imma trade for Gasol soon as you sign the contract

oh and write in the number you want from 100-129 

lets get this over with so we can enjoy the fireworks tomorrow 



KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Phil like quick we gotta go to LA once Melo stares in Jeanie's Eyes he will be Hypnotized

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

ZEN HAS CONTACTED GASOL:



New York Knicks president Phil Jackson has reached out to free agent Pau Gasol, sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne.

Jackson contacted Gasol via phone. Jackson’s interest in Gasol is intriguing for Knicks fans, but it should be noted that Gasol made $19 million last season and the Knicks only have $3.3 million to offer him in free agency. So he would have to agree to a substantial paycut to join the Knicks.

New York will have plenty of competition for Gasol’s services



This can mean, Phil has a trade on the table to free up space to give pau more $$...and why he wants to Meet w/Melo to present said trade and have Pau on board.


Lol...maybe...maybe not.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Sources say the Knicks will be sending Phil Jackson, steve mills, Derek fisher and...Lala Anthony to the meeting late this afternoon, per source to meet with Carmelo.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

phil meeting with melo today could be good news, he's their last meeting, but it could also be bad news, melo is telling phil he's out and wants a sign and trade, could be good if knicks are working on other deals that phil will update him on

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

So we supposedly have no talent but possess a talented SG scorer, JR, who is tough to guard, a tough ISO defender in shumpert, AND Thjr who made the all rookie first team. Oh, and Melo if he comes back.

So how exactly are we "lacking."

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

and Phil knows rings better than anyone else

saintknick
saintknick

@KnickelusKnickleby that source saying that was a poster here on this site who also said he was kidding. Also, doesn't LaLa spend a lot of summer in LA? Don't Melo and LaLa live in LA during the offseason partly?

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@MeloStat301 

We are so far over the $63.2 million cap, it is unlikely that we can free up any cap space this season. 

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

@MeloStat301 

LOL, I just read that.  Who knows.  Interesting that they are meeting up with Melo in LA.  Something going on.  Don't know if it's good or bad, but hopefully Phil is to unveil his master plan.

saintknick
saintknick

@MeloStat301 Phil is a "you can't g-e-t if you don't a-s-k" kind of guy, so I wouldn't read into it. My guess is he called him, said he wants him but isn't sure he can nab him and asked him to at least give him time before he pulls the trigger.


Phil is the kind of guy who would tell Pau "you should go get paid if you can because you've earned it, but I want you to know, we want you here and if I could trade anyone on this squad to get you, we would". 

saintknick
saintknick

@thatsagoodpoint You know why Phil is brilliant? He always put the players personally above them as assets. If he's meeting with Melo, I bet it is partly as a confidant and to give advice. I bet he doesn't crap on any of the other teams and just honestly tells Melo what it was like to be a god in LA and Chicago, and his thoughts on Houston and Dallas, etc.


BUT don't assume Melo knows the deal in NY - this may be Phil's first time revealing his plan to Melo.


Or my theory from weeks ago is correct, and Melo played this brilliantly and got all the brand pump they could, and now Melo goes back and tells Phil everything other teams are planning.


Then again, it could also mean that Phil knows Melo is gone, but they both know he has to at least make a showing of this being a difficult decision if he doesn't want even more people to become haters. 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@thatsagoodpoint  I wonder if the Knicks reached out to Melo to meet today, or did Melo reach out to meet with Phil...that would tell us something....not really tell anything come to think of it, lol.

rgm891
rgm891

@Seth Nadler  Phil of course has moves up his sleeve. It's the Phil way. For what I have no idea.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Seth Nadler  You sound like a beat reporter...lol surprised something like this hasn't been tweeted yet...by "sources"  lol.

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

Not to mention an offensive system that won Jordan 6 rings and Kobe 5!

Dedra Fore
Dedra Fore

@orlando_knickfan the media and ny hate

we had a bad year because of woody and teamates giving up early in the season

hint: reason why tyson and hamburger aint here

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

disagree, melo and phil want to win now

Edwin
Edwin

@saintknick @MeloStat301 adios to bargani maybe? Cant trade and recieve a s/t right?


MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@TKBking  Nah, that was just me being sarcastic, lol...Phil is such a boss, he'd have LaLa at the meeting reppin the Knicks. LOL.

saintknick
saintknick

@thatsagoodpoint @KnickelusKnickleby @MeloStat301 I didn't even know she did that. What possessed her? I mean, I don't care - she's from LA, doing Soft Core is like eating at a Halal cart in NY. 


She looks like air-brushed, no curved Susan Sarandon with a 70's muff. A 1670s muff. ;)

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Seth Nadler  Yea no shots man, I'm actually along the same line of thinking...not too sure to make of this meeting today...