Windhorst: ‘Momentum’ for Melo to Leave Knicks

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Brian Windhorst, who has a longstanding relationship with LeBron James and has been all over this Carmelo Anthony/Heat story for ESPN.com, says there is “momentum” building for Anthony to leave the Knicks.

“This is happening,” Windhorst said Thursday on SportsCenter. “The Heat are going to prepare to try to make Carmelo Anthony an offer when he becomes a free agent in about 10 days time [June 23]. Over the last few days, it’s become clear to the rest of the league that Carmelo Anthony is fully intending to seek his other alternatives definitely outside of his contract and frankly there’s a momentum gathering in the league that the belief is that he’s going to leave the New York Knicks.

“And there will be many options for Carmelo, most of them will not require the kind of pay cut that will be required for him to come to the Miami Heat…The Heat have been playing this for a long time. We’re just now figuring it out. They’re focusing on this series but when this series is over, they’re going to turn all their attention, win or lose, to adding another giant piece to this team so they can extend that championship window.”


The Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, L.A. Lakers and Dallas Mavericks are also seen as suitors for Anthony.

ESPN.com and the New York Post both reported that Anthony has until June 23 to inform the Knicks whether he intends to opt in or opt out.

Knicks President Phil Jackson and new coach Derek Fisher both said Tuesday they didn’t know what Anthony’s plans were, but hoped he would remain in New York.

Jackson said he planned to meet with Anthony “in the near future” to discuss his plans. Jackson previously said he hoped that Anthony would opt in and delay free agency until 2015, when the Knicks will have $52 million in cap space to lure other free agents — potentially including LeBron James — to New York.

As reported by ESPN.com, in order for the Heat to turn their Big 3 into a Big 4 this summer. Anthony would have to opt out and James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would also have to opt out this summer and would have to make financial concessions on their new deals beginning next season.

That would allow Anthony to make about $15 million with the Heat as opposed to a max deal elsewhere.

Anthony has given mixed signals throughout much of the past year.

On the one hand, he has said he wants to retire in New York and also that he would take less money to help build a winner here.

On the other, he has said that winning and competing for an NBA championship are the most important things to him.

“I want to win a championship, so I’m gonna do whatever I have to do to win a championship,” he said in February. “If that means testing free agency and see what happens on that market, then so be it.”

The question is will he sacrifice financially in order to attempt to win a ring with King James and company in Miami?


 

Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for NBA.com and SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

The Heat may be poised to target Anthony, but the defending NBA champs do not appear to stand tall as the most sensible suitor for the forward’s services.

Of course, Miami has won two (and are currently going for a third) titles with LeBron James in town. After James and Chris Bosh arrived in South Beach, even resident hero Dwyane Wade soon conceded in allowing the Heat to become James’ team.

Anthony may be dedicated to winning a championship, but is he prepared to play second-fiddle to another superstar, even at this point in the prime of his career?

The trade for Anthony left the Knicks without many assets and/or as much flexibility to build a supergroup of sorts. Still, the Brooklyn native was set to team up with Amar’e Stoudemire (who, at the time was playing at an M.V.P.-like level for New York) and go from there. There was an opportunity to bring in another big time player, and with that in mind, Tyson Chandler came to town.

On paper (prior to Stoudemire’s continued injuries), the trio looked formidable enough to contend with Miami, at the very least. But even though Anthony’s arrival followed Stoudemire’s, there’s been no mistaking whose team the Knicks were supposed to be from day one.

Anthony basks in such glory, and relishes in the opportunity to be looked at as “the man.” Would be he content with giving up such notoriety (a la Bosh or even Wade) in Miami? Taking a pay cut is one thing, because it allows a team to surround the aforementioned star with better talent. Such a star would receive some credit for that taking place.

But the talented players who come in, as a result of that, undoubtedly lose a bit of status while going under another superstar’s umbrella, in return for chasing a title.

Whether or not Anthony, at just 30 years of age, is willing to make that sacrifice, remains to be seen. Some of the other potential suitors (such as the Rockets and Bulls) would seem to embrace Anthony more as “the man,” than the Heat would.

And of course, Anthony is already looked at as such on the Knicks.




181 comments
Paul Dolan
Paul Dolan

We can hope he does so he can make way for a point guard who will pass and play well with others.

James Smith
James Smith

Why would he want to play for the train-wreck Knicks? He's made his $$$...

Roger Du
Roger Du

Unfortunately, if I was Melo I would go.

grundy
grundy

Sources also said not only all the big 3 and Melo going to take a pay cut, but the Heat will be trading Mario Chalmers and a 2nd round pick for Kevin Love who will also be taking a pay cut. Having filled up their entire roster and be over the cap with just 5 players, the heat will have a bench filled with players like Barkley and Ewing so they can finally say the got a ring. The rest will be filled with Midgets


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Tata Rich
Tata Rich

The league would block it like they did with LA. They knew this was bad for the league when they let Miami stack the deck.

Juan Gonzalez
Juan Gonzalez

It's not up to Melo..ask his wife she''ll make the final decision.

Bob Smillie
Bob Smillie

He wants a title but he's got a big ego and he will never be " The Man " in Miami.

Tony LaClair
Tony LaClair

Way too much ego if you add Melo! King James will never give up the spotlight he has created for himself. The Heat started their downward spiral when James started believing his own Hype. Spurs in 6!

David Stypula
David Stypula

He will if he wants to win. You cant build around him but you can build around Lebron

Rob Spmg
Rob Spmg

How many super stars it takes to win a championship? Man I miss the old days when the real super stars wanted to prove they can win a chip with role players

Erik Christensen
Erik Christensen

If he wants to play for a team with a chance to win, yes Anthony will go to Miami. If he doesn't care about winning and just wants to collect a paycheck... he'll stay in NY

Kevin Pitino
Kevin Pitino

Let him go. We can build a big 3 or 4 of are own. The knicks should trade for irving and love

Paul Jonathan
Paul Jonathan

He better if he ever wanna win a playoff series or even get close to winning rings

Jack Sanchez
Jack Sanchez

He will not mad I just can't blame him.Just playing with J.R. Smtith should make a player want to leave

chicagofan
chicagofan

I think this is just agent talk to try and drum up more interest.  Melo will opt out and take the maximum $$ from a Chicago or Houston.  Miami will not mortgage their bench/future to get him a championship.  I mean, if they sign him, what will be left for the bench?  Sign Felton????  Get real...


I do think next year will be a rebuilding year for the Knicks.  Jackson and Fisher will work to change the culture, get some of the young players to understand what it takes, and maybe even win a few games and sneak into the playoffs (though not likely).  But the following year they will focus on bringing some big guns to NY - Love, Durant, or someone else.  A Kobe - type that Jackson can build around.


So I personally would like to see Carmelo stay.  But if he wants to go, tell him to shut the door on the way out.  The Knicks need to be built to win a championship, not just get to the playoffs.  If Dolan can stay out (part of the reason we are in this mess is the Carmelo trade, when we could have gotten him 2 months later as a f.a. and kept the young core Walsh was assembling) - we can be ready to compete in 2016.

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

i dont think Melo is that gutless that he would want to go to Miami to win. Melo doesnt strike me as a bandwagon kind of guy

Frank Monastra
Frank Monastra

Melo should opt in, take the 23m doesn't affect us bc were over the cap and then take a discount next offseason to remain rather then opting out and potentially taking a discount now

plus next off season is a better off season for him to discuss where to go and if he wants to join up with Rondo Love Lebron  

Frank Monastra
Frank Monastra

is Melo wants to leave, let him leave

im fine with getting Rondo and Love next off season and surrounding them with the right players

or

potentially Durant in 2016, not confident about that tho


but obv. i would like for him to stay and help bring a championship to NY, hope he takes a discount tho, 5 yrs 75m (15m a yr)

tw22
tw22

This is hilarious. We got one guy busting about old dudes like he's knows something, and old dudes talking about how that dude doesn't get as many hateful comments about his opinions as the first dude. Meanwhile Pat Riley thinks adding Melo isn't going to hamstring his bench when he can't sign anyone else. The olympics and three finals appearances and folks think the Heat are going to be a foursome, maybe on the golf course when they battle injuries all year. You think Bosh wants to mortgage the future of his grandkids so Melo can win a championship? How about Wade and his crazy alimony? Crazy talk.

madskills
madskills

I'd like to see Melo stay and help bring a championship to the Knicks but I wouldn't lose any sleep if he left. It would be the ultimate disrespect for him to join the Heat on some outrageous discount though knowing he could've done the same in NY and allowed Phil Jax to build a champion around him.

theking
theking

I wish these 40 year old virgins would just leave me alone lol worry about drinking geritol and rubbing icy hot on each others old ass knee caps and backs. stop hating on the youth because you were a lame growing up lol ahhhhhhhhh yoooooooooouuuuuuu tightttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@Frank Monastra I guess when Phil and Fisher meet with Melo they will present various scenarios to him including star player and money ideas.

theking
theking

@tw22  for one they all make money off court and don't pay taxes so they will all make money ... they all have massive endorsements you think more wont come if they were to team up?

theking
theking

@madskills  its different ... lets say melo takes the discount of about 14 mill LeBron wade and bosh would all make the same ... now lets say melo takes the cut for the knicks you would have chandler and stat making more then him with less of a responsibility on them and doing that knowing they couldn't win that year anyways. I hope he stays but if he leaves its his decision and its nothing TKB phil or adams can do about it

kidrobot
kidrobot

@barnaby87 @Frank Monastra EASY!  Rondo, a champion doesn't need Melo on a team.  he is a proven commodity who can lead a team.  I actually think Melo not being here will help get Love because he doesnt have to worry about this being Melo's team.  I hope he leaves

Frank Monastra
Frank Monastra

@barnaby87 @Frank Monastra Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher, plus you can get Rondo and Love to come together, and then sign Asik as well

and you still have JR Hardaway Shump, poss Murry and Aldrich, and then 2nd rd pick we buy this year and 1st rd pick next year, and then use exception, and then sign 4 players to min deals

would be a good ass team

tw22
tw22

@theking @tw22 Don't play yourself. If they don't play taxes, they will go to jail just like Wesley Snipes, after all they are black men in America not named Magic Johnson. Either way, how is going to help Bosh when he's 45 years old looking like a predator going to get an endorsement? And Wade paying for 20 surgeries from the time he 40 until the day he dies barely being able to walk. Those dude's can't afford pay cuts. S*&t dries up fast when you're not playing and nan one of those dude's is making it in the booth. One thing us "40 old year virgins" got is perspective. Go get some youngin' or we going to ground your ass.

theking
theking

@Sandro Guedes @theking  as mature as you and others being older then me but still talking about me? right

Dan Alleva
Dan Alleva

@tw22 There's no state taxes in Florida. Wesley Snipes did not pay his FEDERAL taxes - it's a completely different thing. 


So, @theking is correct, they do not pay state taxes.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@tw22 @theking  I believe what he was referring to is that Florida doesn't have state taxes so those are the taxes they don't have to pay. They obviously have to pay their federal taxes.


These guys will have all made into 9 figures in their careers regardless of any "discounts" they take in their next contracts so none of them should have to worry about any generation of their families.


Also with those 4 on the same team and GUARANTEED rings to be offered the line will be around the block of quality players willing to fill out the bench for the vet min.

theking
theking

@Gee Daniels @theking @madskills  if you were in his shoes would you take a massive paycut when you know you cant win this year or take that paycut where it is guaranteed you get a ring the same year?