Report: Knicks made a run at Chris Andersen

As the Knicks move forward and look to build its roster around the returning Carmelo Anthony, the team reportedly targeted Miami Heat NBA champion Chris Anderson. According to Yahoo! Sports, “[several] teams made strong pushes for Andersen – including a late bid by the New York Knicks – but Andersen wanted to return to a roster core and franchise that will move on without LeBron James.”

Keith Schlosser

It turns out the “Birdman” almost flew up to the Big Apple. The big man just appears to get better with age, as evidenced since the Heat provided him with quite the unique lifeline just two seasons ago. Following a slew of off-the-court troubles, injuries, and subsequent struggles, the 36 year old has risen up from the ashes to contribute for a championship contender. Theoretically, he’s already has a very ideal situation in South Beach.

It’s not surprising that Andersen chose to stay with the Heat. It’s also shouldn’t be a shocker to find out the Knicks had interest in him. Following the trade of Tyson Chandler, Andersen is exactly the type of player New York needs to begin filling that recently filed void. He’s aggressive. He’s vocal. A rather pestering defensive force, there aren’t many players out there as intense as Andersen.

That said, the success he’s had to date in Miami, paired up with the lucrative contract he’s poised to now cash in on, make such an offer a rather difficult one to turn down. What’s more, the offer is not one that the Knicks could have seriously competed with, either.

If nothing else, such interest from the Knicks is still telling to a certain degree. It provides a small look into the mind of Phil Jackson, revealing the type of quality players the rookie executive has his eyes on as he attempts to mold New York’s roster to his liking.

With Anthony in tow, Jackson’s Knicks should climb in the East

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For the last year, Knicks fans have been worried that this summer could mean the end of Carmelo Anthony in New York. With other attractive options out there, Anthony has decided to stick things out with Phil Jackson and help rebuild the Knicks. Heading into last season there was no doubt that the Knicks had talent. Even during their miserable losing streaks, they had players capable of competing. What was missing was a system. Mike Woodson showed his true colors, abandoning the hard nosed defense that got him the job in the first place.

Carmelo AnthonyWhat was left was a non cohesive system in which Anthony got the ball, held it for 18-23 seconds and then hoisted up a shot. There was nothing that resembled a playbook and the team struggled. Now, with almost the same cast of characters, the 2014-15 Knicks will be a playoff team under the guidance of Jackson and Derek Fisher.

The key was Carmelo Anthony. Without him, the Knicks would be leaning on Amar’e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith to handle most of the scoring, a role neither is fit for. With Anthony back, Jackson and Fisher can begin to teach these guys how to play a winning brand of basketball, something that has already started in the offseason.

With the Knicks looking the same, the thing that will be noticeably different in the East will be the landscape. The Big 3 in Miami has turned into the Big 2 — maybe Big 3 or 4 — in Cleveland, the Pacers will have to recover from a dreadful second half last year and the Bulls will continue to keep their fingers crossed about Derek Rose’s knee. The Knicks have an opportunity to get this ship turned around very quickly and make a splash this year.

They won’t be the best or even second best team in the East but you can’t tell me that they can’t compete for another Atlantic Division title. The Nets lost Paul Pierce (and the Brooklyn Knight), while the rest of the division saw very little movement. It won’t be a great division, but Anthony is still the best player in it and with a system in place they’ll be a tough matchup every single night.

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Carmelo Anthony announces his return to the Knicks

As expected, Carmelo Anthony announced his own return to the Knicks on Sunday.

Taking to his website to reveal his decision, the star forward praised the team, adding, “This organization has supported me and in return, I want to stay and build here with this city and my team. At this pivotal juncture in my career, I owed it to myself and my family to explore all of the options available to me. Through it all, my heart never wavered.”

What’s more, Anthony also says he is looking forward to the future, asserting, “I am looking forward to continue my career in Orange & Blue and to work with Phil Jackson, a champion who builds championship teams. Madison Square Garden is the mecca of basketball and I am surrounded by the greatest fans in the world.”

Anthony is expected to sign a five-year deal worth between $120 million and $129 million.

“After three months of questions around Carmelo Anthony’s return to the New York Knicks, we are now happy to know that we have the cornerstone of what we envision as a ‘team of excellence.'” Knicks President Phil Jackson said in a release. “Steve Mills and I have assured Carmelo through our conversations, that we share the vision and the determination to build this team.”

Rookie head coach Derek Fisher echoed Jackson’s sentiment.

“I have had the opportunity to be around some of the greatest players in our game, and now I have the honor of coaching Carmelo,” Fisher said. “This is an exciting time for the New York Knicks franchise and our fans. I look forward to working with him and building something special together.”

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Anthony, 6-8, 240-pounds, holds averages of 26.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 226 games (all starts) over parts of four seasons with the orange and blue after a three-team deal brought him to the Big Apple on Feb. 22, 2011. This past season, he moved into the Top 25 of the franchise’s all-time scoring list (5,988 points) and trails only Bob McAdoo in scoring average. On Jan. 14, 2014, he authored the franchise’s greatest single-game scoring performance – and a Madison Square Garden record – with 62 points versus Charlotte. Representing the Eastern Conference at the annual NBA All-Star Game three consecutive years (2012, 13, 14), the Brooklyn-native became just the second Knickerbocker to win the NBA scoring title (2012-13, 28.7), and in addition, was named to two All-NBA Teams (2011-12, third; 2012-13, second).

Keith Schlosser

Now that his decision is official, Anthony should be praised. Such praise shouldn’t simply be given solely because he opted to remain with the Knicks, but rather because of how he went about the process itself.

Over the course of the season, Anthony didn’t field many questions (and if he did, he wasn’t one to spark speculation) about his pending free agency. What’s more, the forward wasn’t one to complain or place blame on others as the team floundered night in and night out.

Certain players happened to criticize others along the way, failing to look in the mirror. Some of those very players have already been ushered out of the Big Apple.

Instead, Anthony kept his cool. For this, he should be praised. Though he could have left to team up with talented superstars in other cities with more versatile rosters, he’s opting to stay. Succeeding in the heart of New York City and working to deliver a championship to the team’s fan base appears important.

As mentioned in his statement, Anthony trusts Phil Jackson. It’s good to believe and have faith in one’s abilities. There’s certainly reason to be optimistic with The Zen Master running the show. Still, it can’t be denied that the thirteen-time NBA champion is, nevertheless, a rookie executive. In this regard, he’s unproven. Anthony is taking a chance by staying.

Throughout free agency, Anthony has remained relatively quiet. He’s been professional. No one can blame him for weighing his options, but it’s also refreshing to see him ultimately return.

Melo expected to announce return to Knicks on Sunday

Carmelo Anthony is expected to announce that he is re-signing with the Knicks on Sunday.

Anthony is reportedly signing a five-year deal with the Knicks, and an official announcement is expected on Sunday.

The deal is reportedly worth between $120 million and $129 million (the max contract the Knicks can offer).

GEICO SportsNite: Melo Stays

Knicks Insider Frank Isola reports that Carmelo Anthony will re-sign with the Knicks and gives insight into Phil Jackson’s role in the move.

In case you missed it…

Carmelo Anthony is expected to sign with the Knicks on Sunday with a deal worth over $122 million, but not the max (TKB, July 12th). 


Now that Anthony is coming back, the Knicks have a lot of work to do around him (Willis, July 13th)


The East is wide open now with Anthony returning, LeBron in Cleveland and other moves writes SNY’s Adam Zagoria (TKB, July 12th). 


Phil Jackson kept Melo, but getting another star to go with him will be tough (Lawrence, July 13th). 

The Knicks hoped to sign Pau Gasol and reunite Jackson and head coach Derek Fisher with the Lakers star. That won’t happen. Gasol is headed to the Bulls (ESPN, July 12th). 


The Knicks beat the Trail Blazers 71-69 in the Vegas Summer League on Saturday. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 20 points and rookie Cleanthony Early added 11 in his pro debut.  >>> For box score and highlight go to NBA.com. 

The East is Wide Open as Melo Returns to the Knicks

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Now that Carmelo Anthony has reportedly agreed to re-sign with the Knicks for five years, the Eastern Conference he is returning to will be as wide open as it has been since the Big Three Era in Miami began in 2010.

With LeBron James heading home to Cleveland, the Heat is no longer the big bad behemoth of the East — and Anthony and the Knicks have a chance to break through in the next couple of years as Phil Jackson retools the roster around an aging and motivated Melo.

“Melo is a difference-maker in the Eastern Conference,” one former NBA GM told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog. “If he ends up with Chicago and with a healthy Derrick Rose, the Bulls become the favorite in the East.

“If he stays in New York, the Knicks are a playoff team but not a serious contender to win the East. Indiana, Washington, Chicago and Cleveland are better right now than New York.” To read more of this story, click here

Anthony to return to Knicks

Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony will be returning to the Knicks on a 5-year contract, coming back to New York after considering Los Angeles, Houston and Chicago as landing spots according to multiple published reports.

CBS Sports’ Ken Berger has confirmed that Anthony will sign a deal with the Knicks.


Contract details aren’t complete, but Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the deal with be 5-years and more than $120 million, but might not hit the max dollar amount of $129 million.

Anthony notified the teams of his decision that he is returning to New York. A public announcement will come on Sunday.


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 LeBron James is going to back to Cleveland. Chris Bosh will return to Miami. Jeremy Lin will be traded to Lakers. The dominos began to fall on Friday, and now, after much speculation, Carmelo Anthony’s return to the Big Apple will follow.

As of 2:00 pm on Saturday afternoon, Frank Isola is reporting/confirming that Carmelo Anthony has notified all teams previously in contention for his services that he will in fact continue to don orange and blue. The forward will remain a New York Knick.

This allows Phil Jackson to continue building, this time finally around Anthony. The team’s “Plan A” has come to fruition, and now, Jackson can move forward accordingly.

As mentioned before, Anthony’s return to the Knicks not only re-asserts his hunger and drive to deliver an NBA championship to the city, it also confirms the faith he has in Jackson. Despite LeBron James’ departure from Miami and subsequent return to the Cavaliers, creating super teams and hitting the hardwood with other stars still appears to be a popular trend. LeBron will have Kyrie in Cleveland, the team is widely expected to target another rising star, perhaps someone like Kevin Love. Who will Jackson and co. ultimately target to pair up with Anthony in the next year or two?

That remains to be seen, but one can only assume that whatever the rookie executive’s plan is, it was convincing enough for Anthony to believe and buy into. His re-signing indicates that he has faith, so Jackson will almost certainly have a couple of other tricks up his sleeve moving forward.

With the domino effect around the league continuing and the chips going on to fall as they may, it’s time for the Knicks to explore and start selling other talented players on the opportunity to accomplish something alongside Anthony, perhaps for a discounted rate. That said, one of those very players is unlikely to be the coveted Laker forward and NBA champion, Pau Gasol. He’s reportedly close to reaching a deal with the Bulls. Perhaps Chicago losing out on Anthony set the wheels in motion for that alternate acquisition.

As nice as signing Gasol would have been, the Knicks can certainly take solace in the fact that they will be able to keep their already existent star in town for the long-haul.

Anthony hours from returning to Knicks

Carmelo Anthony’s return to the New York Knicks for a max contract of $129 million over five years is hours away from happening according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.


The New York Daily News reported on Saturday that Anthony was expected to re-sign with the Knicks after a late push from the Chicago Bulls.  Anthony also met with Lakers.


Update: 1:45 p.m.: ESPN is reporting that the Bulls and Rockets have been told by Anthony’s camp to move on.

 

Reports: Anthony still leaning towards Knicks

NBA: New York Knicks at Chicago BullsThe Chicago Bulls are making a late push to sign Carmelo Anthony, but multiple published reports state the Knicks remain the favorite to retain the All-Star forward.

The Knicks have a max contract offer on the table of five years and $129 million. The top offer the Bulls can make to sign Anthony is four years and $75 million (Isola, July 12th).


The Bulls are attempting to engage the Knicks in a sign-and-trade for Anthony, but talks that appears unlikely. The Bulls do appear to be closing in on center Pau Gasol, a player the Knicks have targeted in free agency (ESPN, July 12th). 

Anthony was prepared to announce a decision where he would sign on Thursday, but has held off as the Bulls made a last minute aggressive push and the LeBron James return to Cleveland played out. Now that James has signed, Anthony becomes the next domino in the free agent class to fall (Berman, July 11th).