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Carmelo Anthony will opt out of contract

Carmelo Anthony will opt out of his contract, according to multiple sources (ESPN , June 22).

Anthony will become an unrestricted free agent.

Several team are expected to show interest, including the Chicago Bulls, as SNY’s Adam Zagoria reported late last week (TKB, June 20).

Knicks president Phil Jackson had hoped that Anthony would opt-in for the final year of his contract.

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

From Anthony’s point of view, this is the right move, and a smart one at that. He’s keeping his options open, which at this moment, obviously still include returning to the Knicks.

The forward is in the driver’s seat here, and rightfully so. By opting out, he’s putting some healthy pressure on the Knicks to show improvement, and/or at the very least, a confident plan of action moving forward.

Anthony has plenty of appealing options when it comes to leaving the Big Apple. Teams like the Bulls (if at full health with Derrick Rose) and Rockets both stand to be perennial NBA title contenders without the Knicks’ star, let alone with him. Can or do the Knicks match up accordingly? That is the question.

As he weighs his options, Anthony would have to take Phil Jackson’s word (with the team having little roster flexibility to make major improvements until next summer) and pit it against teams with already proven talent in town. Despite having quite a reputation as a Hall of Fame coach, Jackson is unproven as an executive. Will his vision for the future stand up tall enough to compete with teams already poised to compete for a championship, in the eyes of Anthony?

That’s something the star will need to think about, if and when he considers returning to the Knicks. Though an advantage to remaining with the Knicks happens to be more money with an extra potential year on his next contract, Anthony can still use his forthcoming freedom to his advantage in order to get what he wants.

While Jackson hasn’t been one to panic over the suggestion that Anthony may opt to sign elsewhere, the fact of the matter is New York won’t want to lose him without anything to show for it. If Anthony ultimately decides to sign with Chicago or another related team, the Knicks would be smart to play ball in hopes of making a deal and acquiring other talents and/or future assets in return.

This would allow the Knicks to begin building for the future rather quickly, while a sign & trade deal would also provide Anthony the opportunity to sign a longer and more lucrative contract with another team as well.




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PickNY
PickNY

I'm sorry, but I have no love lost losing Shump being INCONSISTENT and many of you need to stop making excuses for Shump inability to score and create shots when the Knicks needed him to do BESIDES being a one dimensional defender. There were many times I wanted Shump to attack the bucket, but rather missed the opportunity looking to pass. Stop blaming Woody for Shump liability on the offensive end of the court.

I'm all in for PJ Hairston, especially if Phil wants him.

Tito Cruz
Tito Cruz

Is this news? He said he was doing this 6 months ago. It really says nothing about whether he is staying or going.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

New thread up, Leon Rose, Melo's agent, has announced that Melo has opted out.

saintknick
saintknick

I said it in October and I'll say it again today. Melo is opting out because he loses NOTHING by doing so - he could even just sign a 1-year deal on the same terms of his opt-in if he wanted to. 


What it gives him is the ability to actually TALK to other players and owners/gms/coaches without any worry about tampering etc in order to plan the next few years. He can get down to brass-tacks and see what other teams and Lebron/Durant/other great players might be planning. 


So, to me, him opting out doesn't signal a darn thing. But the media need something to talk about since no one in the US cares about Soccer (overstatement) and Baseball is just so boring for the real media rain-makers like S. A. Smith etc. to speculate about.

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

I still believe Shumpert still has upside. He would benefit us more keeping him than trading him. OKC, LAC and a smart GM like Ujiri wanted him for a reason. He's the best perimeter defender on this team and can improve offensively. He's been in the gym everyday the past month working out and working on his game. He has not been able to do that the past 2 summers thanks to injuries. If we go back to when he was drafted, he was always in the gym, the same way he is now. 

Trading him will be a huge mistake...unless it's in a package for an upgrade at PG or C. Not for an unknown 1st round pick. 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Will the Knicks even announce that Melo has opted out or will they need the rubber hose treatment to beat it out them?

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

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Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

I am always skeptical of the media and the way they manipulate the truth to create their own agenda.

I am taking couple minutes to compare two players. One on the Knicks (player A) and the other on another team (player B)..

Player A - average 20.4 point and 8.3 rebounds for his career. has played an average of 59 games in the past 6 seasons has been a warrior with several injuries and is always considered a health liability.

Player B Average 20.8 points and 6.8 assists for his career. Has played an average of 48.2 games for his career which is the last 6 seasons and he is still considered a fundamental piece on his team even though has not played much in the past 2 years

Which one would you chose?

saintknick
saintknick

@BiggieTKB I would agree except that JR isn't going anywhere, THJr is the guy I'd rather develop, and shump is not a SF. Further, the knicks probably wouldn't pay him next year to keep him and are stuck with JR then anyway.


A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, but a 3rd bird in the hand is worth less than a cat (or pick your animal in need) in the bush. 

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@NoVaCaInE I really respect your opinions so I will ask you what is it about Shump that you like? Forget I asked I read. the rest of your post and got my answer. That's what I get for jumping the gun. lol

saintknick
saintknick

@NoVaCaInE I agree - but to me, only if Melo leaves is it worth keeping shumpert rather than bringing in picks, even in the future, to rebuild around Melo. 


Shumpert needs the pressure gone - just go out and develop and play within the system. For his whole career he has been the #5 guy on offense on the floor (by default, Chandler isn't #5 because he's under the basket) and has no consistent expectation or role. Give him a role, let him go make mistakes without any fear or reprisal, and get his damn back when he makes an error instead of throwing him under the bus, and I think he gets that 3pt shot % up and lowers his boneheaded defensive lapses because he's not trying to force something to show his worth. He also needs to learn how to finish. 

tjhassan3
tjhassan3

@NoVaCaInE I dno, prior to last season he was posting the same videos of him draining 3's and working out. To me, that knee injury is still too "scary". There were multiple time's last season where I thought he re injured it on simple cut's and pivot's. This draft has plenty of talent in the 1st that, imo, can surpass anything shump would give us.

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@knicksgirl35 His defense 1st and foremost, athleticism, his love for the City of NY. Too many players shy away from playing here. Shump has that NYC attitude. I also love the confidence and swagger he had on the court when he's right. Not backing down to anyone. What I saw his rookie year and in the Playoffs against Indiana is a player who can help this team. All he needs is the right coaching. I still think there is room for him to grow offensively. 


Thanks, I respect your views and posts as well!

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@saintknick @NoVaCaInE Agreed. I've been keeping an eye on his YouTube page over the past month. He's working on his handling, in both the half court and open floor. He's working on half court moves and counter moves. Working on his jump shot. I feel it's too early to give up on him. We gave up on Ariza too early and he's turned into a solid player. I don't want to see the same thing happen again with one of our young players. 

Shump went through a lot of turmoil, different coaches and philosophies. Shumps been though a team in chaos and a coach who didn't have his back. In and out of the starting unit and bench. Dog house. Experiments playing PG, SG and SF. Give him some stability, a defined role and see how he responds. 

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@tjhassan3 @NoVaCaInE I saw the videos of him shooting corner 3's while rehabbing last year. Now he's cutting, playing full court games, working on his handling and counter moves along with his shooting. I just don't see the logic in moving him for a late 1st to then draft another SG. Unless Phil plans on moving either JR or TH Jr as well.  

saintknick
saintknick

@BiggieTKB @knicks1 Knicks needs include every position other than SG right now. Even if Melo stays, the team needs a C, PF an SF for the future because Amare/Chandler/Bargnani aren't it and Odom/Tyler/Aldrich are potentially good rotation players but probably not starters.


The irony of the draft is that teams picking in the 20's USUALLY have 1 hole to fill so they have to reach a bit on the next best X-position player. 


The Knicks, on the other hand, can just take the best available player, increasing the likelihood that the player is a quality NBA talent. 


ALSO, the Knicks have had a bit of success with later picks recently, with many rumors suggesting that both Houston and Isiah have made predictions on talent later in rounds and have been correct (Shump, THJr). But that isn't a good argument - a better argument is that with those resources, Phil Jackson will make the right pick. 

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@NoVaCaInE  You are spot on my man.. Trading a player like shump for a draft pick is a dumb move. At least we know that shump has a future in this league and if he improves offensively he can be a solid starter in this league. A LOT of people here are infatuated with draft picks and I just don't get it!!!  

theking
theking

@NoVaCaInE  that's why I love shump I think he truly wants to be here for life

saintknick
saintknick

@NoVaCaInE @saintknick Ariza is a GREAT comparison because both players need a bit of rope to make mistakes, not be punished, and develop with less pressure. 


It might just be, however, that while shump says he wants to stay in NY, it would actually be better for him to go somewhere he would either play a secondary role for a while (OKC) or a young developing squad (phoenix, though they may not need a guy like him). 

tjhassan3
tjhassan3

@NoVaCaInE @tjhassan3 I'd hope if we moved him it wouldn't be for a SG, considering we already have Tim and JR. I truly am a fan of shump and hope he succeeds, but that knee is still a problem for me.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Sandro Guedes @MeloStat301  Lol...I say we need a PG ...thing is if we run the triangle ( which I assume) the PG doesn't need to be great, needs to know how to shoot, which is the interest in Patty mills.  I don't think the knicks can land Mills...Phil will need to look elsewhere for a PG.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@solar_lion @illmatix  I still don't want to see Shump traded. He is a good perimeter defender who was in the dog house with Mr. Potato head. I jut want to see him in a different system..

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Tony Fonseca @Knicks_Fanatic 

My crystal ball is cloudy as far as the future. Both are major risks. It's like betting on which of two drunks are mostly likely to get into an accident driving home from the bar.

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@saintknick @NoVaCaInE I think he would thrive in OKC starting with Westbrook and Durant. Playing in an uptempo offense. The havoc Westbrook and Shump could cause in the backcourt together defensively would actually be very scary. 

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@tjhassan3 @NoVaCaInE I'm worried about the knee too. I like Shump and want him to stay. However, if we can move him and get an upgrade at a position of need, I'm all for moving him. Just not in love with moving him for a late pick. 

saintknick
saintknick

@MeloStat301 @Sandro Guedes I really hate it when teams break the bank to sign guys who are one-trick pony's who only succeeded in the playoffs due to great matchups.


He was great against Miami and their great PGs of Marisuck Chalmers and Norris AscHole, yet was nothing against Dallas and very bad against OKC. He played against primarily backups too. 


He would probably make a really fun 6th man on a good team, but starting PG? Come on!


EDIT: I should note that he had a really good regular season, but so did Jeremy Lin in NY, because system is everything for some guys. When you are on a team where 9/10 players pass the ball extremely well and love to share, it isn't that hard to have an excellent season as the 5th scariest guy on the floor. 

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@Knicks_Fanatic @Tony Fonseca  The point is that Melo is going to Chicago to team up with D Rose. Based on the above, Chicago is not an option for Melo regardless of how sweet the media makes it.. LMAO 

tjhassan3
tjhassan3

@Sandro Guedes @MeloStat301 Mitch Mcgary should be available late 1st, early 2nd. Could have been a lottery pick, but a back injury held him out last season. If your willing to take a risk, he would be a high reward player. An upgraded version of david lee.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Sandro Guedes @MeloStat301  Look for the Knicks to possibly get into Jerami Grant can play the 4...Horace grants nephew.


or even Adreian Payne..if he is available..depending what pick the knicks can get...those guys will be there at pick 21...after that its slim pickings for bigs.

saintknick
saintknick

@Tony Fonseca THIS EXACTLY. Plus, who would you rather play for (ownership wise)


A: Owner who sucks and is always screwing up GM plans, but recently bailed out of NBA decisionmaking and brought in a guy to run everything who WILL walk and take TENS OF MILLIONS with him if the owner gets involved again. This owner IS WILLING to pay insane luxury tax if necessary.


B: Owner who also sucks but got pretty lucky and relies on his staff to make good decisions, but also is completely unwilling to spend $.1 he doesn't have to and won't touch the luxury tax, even if it meant getting the 27 year old clone of Michael Jordan to sign. 


or lifestyle...


A: The best city on earth if you have $$


or


B: Second-rate everything, with kids being murder by the dozen blocks away from where you play, and guns going off like crazy in every club in the city, with a terribly segregated and racist community and a history of riots and extremely racist violent cops, and hundreds of gangs with no central leadership such that anyone in any place outside the northside could be shot any day



or pay


A:  Name your price


or


B: $50 mil less than A


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Also, don't forget that as good as Noah is and has been, his minutes have been INSANE for a big man, AND the tale being sold about him is similar to what Melo was sold about Chandler just a few years ago. If you compare, they have similar numbers in their primes (Chandler 1st year with NY, Noah now) except Noah is a better passer - but one has to wonder if running the ball through Noah accounts for that. 


Don't get me wrong, Noah is a better player than Chandler, even if both are equally healthy and fresh, but they aren't so STARKLY different.


I just wonder why Melo thinks he'll win playing next to a hobbled ball-dominating PG who may never be an NBA starter-talent again and a guy who is basically Tyson Chandler 2012+ with basically the same lack of depth the Knicks had. Hasn't he learned his lesson?



Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@BiggieTKB @Sandro Guedes @Scott Berger-Felder 

Hairston is supposed to be one of the more NBA ready players in the draft.

Hairston is one of the few prospects in this draft who looks ready to come in and play a role in the NBA right away. His thick, strong build (230 pounds) is a major reason why he was able to adjust to the D-League so quickly, averaging 27 points per-40 minutes, as his shooting ability and aggressive style of play are tailor made for the NBA.

http://www.draftexpress.com#ixzz35TklS2WR
 

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@saintknick @Tony Fonseca  Amen... I concur with everything you say and more.. You just added to my point... May the wind take Melo to the windy city, the frozen forgotten place after Jordan left town... 

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@pezhao @Tony Fonseca  I never said that Melo is relying on the media to make his decision. All I am saying is looking at the current situation, Melo going to Chicago will not make Chicago a contender like the media thinks.. the media is anti-Knicks because of Dolan.. IMO, Knicks players are always under valued compared to other teams

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@theking @saintknick @Tony Fonseca  I don't Know Kiyan. It has been steady report out of Chicago and reminds me of Lebron's decision. I did not want to believe until it happened. IMO, I don't think Chicago will win any chip anytime soon. Cheap owner, flawed, over valued roster, a franchise player with cartridge less knee and one hobbled feet center with not much offense. I also don't think Butler is that good.

saintknick
saintknick

@Tony Fonseca I live there and am actually jumping ship for the suburbs. This is a cold hellhole of a place to live, man. Great city for the young who can't handle/afford NY but are up-and-coming, but, IMO, pretty terrible for the poor and super-wealthy both. And pretty awful if you have kids. I'd bet Kiyan would be staying in NY with his mom for school. Its about the outside influences here in Chicago and to be young and black is almost a guarantee to also be dragged into some dangerous stuff.