Report: Knicks have known about Carmelo Anthony’s decision for three weeks

11:34 a.m.: Carmelo Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose, has released a statement regarding Anthony’s decision to opt out of his contract (Isola, June 23).

The statement is as follows:

“Carmelo loves being a Knick, he loves the City and the fans. At this stage of his career he just wants to explore his options.”


Carmelo Anthony has reportedly notified the Knicks (in writing) of the decision to opt out of his current contract, but the team has known for approximately three weeks. (Berman, June 22).

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Such a notification simply confirms what had already been widely speculated, dating all the way back to the beginning of this past season.

Even as the Knicks aimed to build on the success of an Atlantic Division title, Anthony initial intentions were clear from day one. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to take a step back and explore all options. Of course, that wouldn’t necessarily mean Anthony wants to leave the Big Apple, either.

Carmelo Anthony

But perhaps the most recent turbulent campaign with the Knicks put a wrench in the decision being such an easy one. With teams like the Rockets and Bulls (arguably both title contenders as currently constructed, let alone with Anthony included) expected to vie for the star’s services this summer, it’ll not assumedly be more difficult for New York to convince the Brooklyn native to return.

Having known about his intensions for close to a month, Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher, and co. had clear understanding of where Anthony stood, when they met him for dinner in Los Angeles less than two weeks ago.

Jackson’s most recent demeanor in the press, as it relates to Anthony’s choice, could assumedly be attributed to such awareness. If the forward wants to explore, he’ll explore. If he wants to leave, he’ll leave. Even if the Knicks are panicking about this behind closed doors, it’s not smart to show one’s hand and allow Anthony to use that to his advantage going into the process.

Here’s to hoping Jackson has a steady plan of action moving forward, with worthwhile options including some that count on Anthony returning, and a few others that are prepared to watch him walk.

 




95 comments
Clyde Sparks Jr
Clyde Sparks Jr

what did expected a championship team or a big three like the heat got?

Clyde Sparks Jr
Clyde Sparks Jr

let him go cause he was the person that whine to be here.

Shawn Mike Rolli
Shawn Mike Rolli

I like melo but keeping a player who wants to. go the better choice

Matt Ymbras
Matt Ymbras

congrats, just doing the thing, also feeling half grown up

Andrew Worob
Andrew Worob

Matt Ymbras Doin well. Married, kid on the way. I feel like an adult! lol. Everything good with you?

John Balint
John Balint

Do not want him back, doesn't make anyone better.

Billy Carter
Billy Carter

Can finish out of playoffs with or without him !

Pamela Cartelli Schnabel
Pamela Cartelli Schnabel

I guess we won't have to hear "I'm coming home" anymore.. All ball players are all about the money.. Shame on them all..

Howard Gold
Howard Gold

I'd rather have a team than a player.

Joe O'Neill
Joe O'Neill

Yes but not for max money. Needs to get less money per year with more overall guaranteed money so we can bring in some people to play with him.

knicks1996
knicks1996

Melo will go to who ever offers the most via sign and trade so bulls or Houston  

kidrobot
kidrobot

Shump & next years #1 for Eric Bledsoe & # 18.  What do you guys think?

Jim McDarby
Jim McDarby

goodbye Melo..your selfishness isn't needed here in NY anymore and it's not what Phil Jackson is all about..we need team players not players that think they are the one and only

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Multiple teams that have expressed past interest in Shumpert have picks in the range New York is said to be targeting ... and in some cases multiple picks. Oklahoma City currently holds the 21st and 29th picks, Phoenix is said to be willing to part with No. 27 since it has two other turns (Nos. 14 and 18) in the first round and the Los Angeles Clippers are picking 28th.

Grantland's Zach Lowe, meanwhile, tossed out a warning via Twitter on Monday morning to keep an eye on Miami trying to tempt the Knicks by offering the No. 26 pick for Shumpert.


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MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Chad Ford: P.J. Hairston the likely target MT @Marc Stein: Hearing: Knicks have explored possibility of swapping Iman Shumpert for late 1st rounder Twitter @chadfordinsider -

Tom Scandaliato
Tom Scandaliato

Of course. He's the best catch and shoot player in the game.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Sandro Guedes 

Parker is from Chicago and Milwaukee is very close. 90 miles, I think. He wants to stay close to home.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@Sandro Guedes  Chicago is not contending for anything and Houston is not winning a chip with that roster. Compared to New York it is a better option but not enough to make it a chip move.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@BiggieTKB 

You guys never saw Elgin Baylor play. He was the original prototype high flying SF. In 1961-62, Baylor was in the Army Reserve and called to active duty. He could only get enough leave and time off to play 48 games. Despite all that he averaged 38.3 ppg. An amazing player.

Alan Alford
Alan Alford

If You trade shumpert you do it for proven player as he is. His 0 is up and down but he is a proven NBA defender. Also talk about trading star center chandler for what?look for Phil to engage La for resigned Gasol and pick which can be Napier.my question is all this talk about heat players opting out to take less so they can add players. Why do the Knicks have to wait even if melo takes less than the max?0

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@BiggieTKB @Knicks_Fanatic 

Winning a championship is more of a personal validation. Every kid dreams of winning an NBA title. For guys like Melo, it's the only thing he hasn't accomplished. It would be extraordinary to hear a player not wanting to win one.