Would Suns target Carmelo Anthony at LeBron James’ request?

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

As July 1st steadily approaches, the Knicks are expected to compete with teams like the Bulls, Rockets, Heat, and Mavericks for the services of Carmelo Anthony.

Such competition may prove to be a steep order for New York, as each aforementioned squad stands tall as a likely title contender with Anthony on board. It’s unlikely the Knicks will be able to say the same immediately heading into next season.

But in addition to these contenders, could the Phoenix Suns also enter the Carmelo sweepstakes?

That surely seems to be a possibility, according to Yahoo! Sports.

But ironically enough, Anthony wouldn’t necessarily be the team’s primary target. According to the report, LeBron James would be the Suns’ top priority in this case. With an abundance of cap space and plenty of other related worthwhile assets to get some of sign & trade deal done (if necessary), Phoenix could potentially offer James the opportunity to handpick his ideal running mate, whether that stands to be Anthony (or Chris Bosh) this summer, or perhaps Kevin Love in 2015.

James’ agent also represents Suns’ stud Eric Bledsoe, which perhaps means James will be more willing to listen to such an offer.

How this impacts Anthony’s free agency (and the Knicks pursuit of the forward this summer) remains to be seen.




310 comments
Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

I'm sure this has been stated at some point in this thread, but why in the world would Lebron choose Phoenix. Or most of the other options out there.


He wants his legacy to be about the greatest ever and he will never ever accomplish that playing in a tiny market. He needs a big market. Jordan was in Chicago. Kobe in LA. Russel in Boston, i mean the best ever are in big markets. 



knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

Derrrick Rose feels threatened by Melo. Lmao! He wants to be the star that gets all of the attention. So funny.

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

Off Topic: Even tho Lou Deng is a SF, would you trade JR/Hardaway for him???

PickNY
PickNY

WOW!!! Where is the love Rose? "I don't recruit free agents!" This is why Melo is staying! Ha

Boyee many just don't get it! Teams ought to know Melo just want to say he experience free agency THATS IT! I DO NOT BELIEVE MELO will leave PhilJacks without experiencing what Jordan and Kobe experience working with Phil and finally a system. All Melo has to do is sacrifice a lil time for Phil to bring in role players to win a CHIP! Phil is not going to NOT WIN as long as his name is tied to anything! Phil win his championship in New York and will end in NEW YORK!

theking
theking

In post-up situations, Melo is holding opponents to a 0.593 points per possession ranking him in the top 95 percent of the league, which puts him ahead of 7-foot-2 Roy Hibbert (which might not be saying much after the 2014 playoffs). Where Carmelo has lacked defensively isn’t when he is matched up in isolation situations (he’s been very effective holding opponents to 28.6 percent shooting). -


he plays no defense they say

lobcity1
lobcity1

Like I said before, If I am Phil, I would try to recruit Bosh, Bring Pau over and shake ish up. A line up of Calderon, JR, Melo,Bosh and Pau would be crazy. Obviously the Knicks will have to dump Stat contract first but this is a possibility.  Sell Bosh the idea of playing on the block and give him his $. Bosh will listen but Phil needs to make a move first to show them he is serious and bringing Pau here will be a good start. Riley will try and lock his players ASAP to prevent this but it might be difficult bc players agents wants to get paid to so a bigger contract means more $ for them and they probably will explore all options before making a decision.

chudogz1
chudogz1

I remember one or 3 guys when I said why would LBJ want to play with Melo if he's so bad, saying, "Where's the proof LBJ wants to play with Melo"... He's a "ball hog"

And "ball stopper"... "Who would want to play with Melo"? Now that there's been numerous articles on it proving my point, not a sound on that subject.... Mad funny!!! Good night, July 1st is right around the corner, good things are coming, whether for 2014 or 2015.... GO KNICKS

lobcity1
lobcity1

Like I said before, no superstar is going to play in Arizona so who cares about this. And no, Phoenix "Great" medical staff is not enough to persuade players to play in Arizona.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

I think neither Lebron nor Carmelo will end up leaving their home teams, but I I also believe Lebron's desire to partner up with Carmelo is very real - interesting dynamic given that such a partnership is possible on only a few teams.  And what a tandem that would be.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Interesting debate, but Phil is limited this season in what he can do. Next season, he will have cap space and can begin in earnest to build his team. It's going to take time. No GM is perfect and he will make good moves and bad moves. Let's chill and give Phil the time to do the job correctly. 

#Knickstape
#Knickstape

@knicksgirl35 Nah he doesn't feel threatened.  He is old school, he doesn't want super teams, he wants to beat the superteams.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@Ray Jorge  Nope because he is gonna command a lot $$$$ therefore messing Phil's bigger plan.. I am still saying that Luol Deng is not the answer.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@pezhao  If possible, Lebron would love to have Melo next to him rather than wade or bosh at this point...other than that I agree.  It would be impossible not because he doesn't want to play w/Melo (because he does, even brian windhorst, Lebron stalker who has been following him since high school says Lebron wants to play w melo) its impossible money wise, all 3 guys would have to take drastic pay cuts...I say they bloster their roster with another B player..a lowry or something...and some vet mins.

PickNY
PickNY

Exactly they do what they DO! I definitely agree that doing crunch time they do their thang, and most of the time it's in system called team work!

theking
theking

@SheSaidSpikeWho  hope this drives melo and love away. still don't understand why he isn't considered a diva

knickfan2
knickfan2

Melo is actually a very good one on one defender. I think he gets criticized on his transition defense (off of turnovers) and help defense in the half court.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@theking Melo is more than solid one on one..he definitely holds his own. I think Melo's issue is team defense. He sometimes switches for no reason, doesn't help when he should, etc.

brookdon
brookdon

Deng will get close to the max from a team that strikes out on Melo/Bron. If he's smart he sits back and waits it out.

goldbuddha
goldbuddha

I'm still waiting for one of these fake analysts to start talking about how much of a Diva Rose is. And how Obvious it is that Rose is less than enthused about the possibility of adding Melo.

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Mel Brown. The coach, and the team colors ;)

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Scott. Yes, they want him to keep passing to brick layers, all the while the coach calling ISO Melo ... Lmao

chudogz1
chudogz1

#ShotsFired... If the shoe fits, wear it..!!

lobcity1
lobcity1

True but ideas like this one you know it's a .waste of time. No one is going to Phoenix..

lobcity1
lobcity1

I'd take a chance. Test him out in SL.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@BiggieTKB

Defensive versatility is so valuable in the modern NBA.  Like the idea of taking a flyer on him while his value is low.

chudogz1
chudogz1

@BigChiefTriangle. "No" " where did LeBron say it himself"? " I'm still waiting for the link"...#SandraVoice

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

@Tony Fonseca @Ray Jorge  I hear ya just want consistency. I believe in Jr's talent but his IQ is.....also I really impressed with Hardaway's offense but his defense is "Novak Bad"!!!

goldbuddha
goldbuddha

100% correct. It is becoming really obvious that D-VA Rose is not happy about the possibility of another alpha dog being around.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@SheSaidSpikeWho @theking

It's always seemed like the less of a 1-on-1 threat his man, the more Carmelo's focus seems to waver.  He has a habit of drifting off spot-up shooters and positioning himself closer to the basket to collect defensive rebounds.  

On the flip-side, his commitment and effort directed towards offensive rebounds can lead to poor floor balance, but this has been just as much a team issue.  It's been hard to tell exactly what the Knicks' defensive principles have been during the past few seasons.


As much as people hate Carmelo playing the 4, he is a fvking wall in post-up defense situations.  With exceptionally quick hands.

knickfan2
knickfan2

@SheSaidSpikeWho...my bad. I basically echoed your response. I just signed in and read the king's post and responded without reading any replies to his post. Oops.

theking
theking

@SheSaidSpikeWho @theking  agreed. but no credit for that like I have been saying since forever ppl make melo seem like he is steve novak or something

lobcity1
lobcity1

@Gee Daniels @lobcity thats the general consensus but they all can be bought. Bosh seems like he prefer to get his money more than anyone bc he doesn't get endorsements like Wade and Bron. I think if NY will give him his $ and the opportunity to win a Ring he will listen.  Give him 20 Mill.

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Mel Brown. Exactly, like I'm some Fn computer nerd, like "post the link"... I don't even know how to do that... Lol... Once my 11 year old that knows how to read returns, I'll have her do it ;)

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Gee Daniels. Yeah, for Chaning Frye $$... And Riley said, chances are slim to none!

goldbuddha
goldbuddha

Without seeing the direct quote, do you have doubts that Lebron wants to play with Melo?

lobcity1
lobcity1

@Sandro Guedes @chudogz


Lol.. You really need a quote from Bron to belive this? Everybody who folloes the NBA knows that Bron would love to team up with Melo and so does Kobe. Everybody in their Momma reported this.

chudogz1
chudogz1

That's tampering, only the whole NBA, and everyone in the US of A, knows it... Blah blah blah with u and you're post the links... That's just you being stubborn, negative and wanting to annoy everyone... It's in the post, read it, and read it again, then go on HoopsHype Rumors, you can find the link yourself

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Scott Berger-Felder @Knicks_Fanatic 

Every move looks good until reality hits.Every draft pick looks like a NBA rotation player. We will have to see how everything works out. 

Let's not turn Dalembert into the reincarnation of a real NBA center. The guy is on his 6th team in 6 seasons. If he were worth keeping someone would have kept him. He is a stop gap. Calderon on the other hand is a very good fit for the triangle.

chudogz1
chudogz1

@lobcity. Tunnel vision at it's peak... He doesn't live in the US of A ;)... Thanks for knowing how to read, it's fundamental, in the US of A

RivDim
RivDim

@Knicks_Fanatic Agreed. Good points.

lobcity1
lobcity1

@Gee Daniels @lobcity their agents will tell them to do the opposite. Plus they will have to take a significant pay cut to really get a good bench. Let's see what happens but I'm not counting it out. Wade and Lebron I see staying 100% but not Bosh.

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Gee Daniels. Right, but what's so hard about admitting LBJ wants to play with him? If he was so bad, as stated by the 5 henchman, then why would he want to play with him, of he's SO BAD? That's all I'm saying. Dude never ever wants to admit when he's wrong, and it's obvious, he also likes to come on, just to ruffle feathers, I guess because his team didn't make the World Cup, all while being ranked # 4 in the world, with one if the best players in the world (Reynaldo)...if Melo and the doo doo pile should have made the playoffs, that joker should have carried his team to the Finals, or at least the next round, c'mon, even the US of A made the next round, with NO STARS, proving sports are a team effort, no a one guy carry the team thing... #facts

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Mel Brown he will get roasted, but he will score and average more than 2 assists!

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Gee Daniels fair enough... And keep in mind, I never said LBJ said he wants to play with Melo in NY, I just said LBJ would want to play with Melo... Yes, decision needs to be made quickly one way or another.... Only issue if he stays is we gotta hear all this same BS for another 5 years, may have to block myself from this blog...

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Gee Daniels. Sounds great to me.... I give people fair chances, unlike others...