Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo can sign today, but no news yet…

Carmelo Anthony can officially sign with an NBA team today.

After Wednesday’s story that he is going to re-join the Knicks (or is he?), New York fans are waiting for news. So far, on Thursday morning, nothing new to report.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported, according to friends of Melo, that Anthony “believes in Phil [Jackson]” and would be re-signing with the Knicks. Other sources, including SNY’s Adam Zagoria, heard from sources that things are still up in the air and no final decision has been made.

The other teams who are in the running for Melo — the Lakers, Bulls, Rockets and Mavericks — still have not been told of any decision (Popper, July 10).

Remember, the Knicks can offer more money than any other team, a max contract of $129 million over five years.


Keith Schlosser

The Melo sweepstakes continues, but perhaps the Knicks are finally clearly and comfortably the front-runners, and with good reason. New York appears to be the best option for Anthony, if due to nothing else than the fact that his other options may be dwindling.

The Cavaliers are making moves in anticipation of signing LeBron James. The Rockets are chasing Chris Bosh (perhaps convinced they won’t sign Anthony). Each respective departure from Miami also counts out the Heat for Anthony’s services. The Mavericks have signed Chandler Parsons to a larger than life offer sheet.

What’s more, the Bulls may also be preparing to move on from Anthony, as they reportedly explore a sign & trade opportunity for Pau Gasol.  While this may put a wrench in the Knicks’ ultimate pipe dream to pair up the Lakers’ big man with Anthony, it helps the likelihood of Anthony returning to New York go up.

The Knicks can offer the fame, fortune, and bright lights that Anthony continues to crave as a top notch superstar. Four years ago, James and Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami to create a super power of sorts, also known as the Big Three. This obviously created a ripple effect across the league, enticing stars like Anthony to explore potential avenues that saw themselves teaming up with other superstars as well.

But as James eyes a return to Cleveland, perhaps such a trend is changing. With the Cavaliers, the star would not only be the highest paid player on his team, but he’d also lead a new charge with young up and coming studs following his example.

With Phil Jackson now aiming to mold the Knicks into a contender, Anthony would, of course, be looked upon to lead his squad in similar fashion.

 


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TheKnicksBlog Podcast: Where will Melo go?

Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton discuss the latest rumors surrounding Carmelo Anthony and his upcoming decision. The guys also welcome Bleacher Report’s Jared Zwerling to the show for his take on Melo, LeBron and the rest of the biggest free agents in the NBA.


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  • “The Decision” was made 4 years ago today
  • The Melo indecision continues
  • Bleacher Report’s Jared Zwerling calls in (11:00)
  • Phil Jackson eyeing trades involving Amar’e, Bargnani
  • NBA Free Agency
    • Is LeBron going home?
    • Where will Bosh end up?
    • Will D-Wade stay in Miami?

Mike Woodson joining Clippers

Former Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is joining the Los Angeles Clippers coaching staff as an assistant (ESPN, July 9).

Clippers head coach Doc Rivers lost three assistant coaches this offseason.

NBA announces higher salary cap

The NBA announced that the salary cap for the 2014-2015 season will be $63.065 million.

The luxury tax threshold is $76.829 million.

Carmelo Anthony

Isola: Carmelo to return to Knicks

Carmelo Anthony will return to the Knicks, and his official decision will come on Thursday, according to reporter Frank Isola (New York Daily News, July 9).

“He is really torn because this is the biggest decision of his career,” a friend of Anthony told Isola. “But he wants to get it done in New York. He told me he believes in Phil [Jackson].”

A separate source said that there is “no decision yet” and that everything is “still up in the air” (Medina, July 9). SNY’s Adam Zagoria is also hearing that Carmelo is yet to make a final decision.

During their meeting with Anthony in Los Angeles on Thursday, the Knicks reiterated to Anthony that they’re willing to offer him a max contract (Broussard, July 3).

Knicks head coach Derek Fisher told Anthony that the Knicks will be a “better basketball team” than they were last season in order to lure him back to New York (ESPN, July 8).

“I’m not sure if it hit home,” Fisher said of Thursday’s meeting. “I guess we’ll find out. Hopefully we’ll find out soon.”

The Knicks can offer Anthony a max contract of $129 million over five years.

Keith Schlosser

This confirms plenty about Anthony’s character, though the more lucrative contract New York can offer certainly doesn’t hurt.

Anthony wants to win in the Big Apple. Succeeding on this level and shining on his hometown’s brightest stage will do wonders for the forward’s legacy, if and when he happens to accomplish such a feat.

He’d be celebrated as a hero.

What matters most now is that he’s willing to give it a go. Not only will Anthony retain his status as “the man” on a team like the Knicks, but it will also give Phil Jackson a centerpiece to build around.

Anthony re-signing with New York goes a long towards asserting he believes in Jackson’s vision.

Sometimes it’s worth keeping the faith. Patience is a virtue.

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Knicks get down to business with triangle offense

Keith Schlosser

Upon Phil Jackson’s arrival to the Big Apple, it was easy to predict just how heavily influenced the Knicks’ identity was going to be by the triangle offense moving forward.

Early on, Jackson was seen stepping in with potential Knickerbocker draftees, teaching the basic nuances of the triangle. With the hires of Derek Fisher and Kurt Rambis as head coach and associate head coach, respectively, such a trend (of preaching the triangle) is sure to continue.

Clearly, the the team isn’t wasting any time. According to the tweet above (by Knicks’ Summer League team member Brandon Triche), the Knicks are just three practices in and are already preaching the triangle offense with the young guns in Las Vegas.

On one hand, the Summer League team should say plenty about Jackson, especially at this early point in his tenure as an executive. This is the earliest (and most extensive, to this point) indication of the players he likes, or at the very least, is intrigued by.

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Derek Fisher tells Anthony Knicks will be better next year

Knicks head coach Derek Fisher told free agent Carmelo Anthony that the Knicks will be a “better basketball team” than they were last season in order to lure him back to New York (ESPN, July 8).

Anthony has said one of his main goals is to join a team in position to compete for an NBA championship. Anthony met with Fisher, team president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills last Thursday in LA to talk with the free agent.

“He wants to win, wants to be successful,” Fisher said. “The time I had the visit with him I just shared with him we’ll be a better basketball team because we’ll play the game a better way, play as a team, play with a system and format to allow the game to be easier for him for him and his teammates.

Though the Knicks remain confident in their chances of resigning Anthony, Fisher is unsure about how the meeting went. Anthony has yet to make any decisions about his next step as he’s met with the Bulls, Lakers, Rockets, and Mavericks.

“I’m not sure if it hit home,” Fisher said of Thursday’s meeting. “I guess we’ll find out. Hopefully we’ll find out soon.”

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Carmelo holding out hope LeBron can join him with Knicks in 2014

Although it’s not likely to happen, Carmelo Anthony is holding out hope that the Knicks can find a way for him to team up with LeBron James in New York next season (Berman, July 8).

According to reporter Marc Berman, citing a source, Anthony “really wants LeBron to come to New York. That’s his dream right now. Phil [Jackson] is trying to get it done.’’

In order for the Knicks to even have a chance to lure James, Phil Jackson would have to clear cap space by moving Amar’e Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani and perhaps Iman Shumpert.

The Knicks have reportedly engaged the 76ers in talks revolving around Stoudemire.

In any scenario where James and Anthony team up with the Knicks, both players would have to sign for less than max value.

It’s expected that Anthony will choose his destination within the next few days.

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Knicks way behind in Gasol pursuit

The Knicks have not been eliminated in their pursuit of Pau Gasol, but they trail three, maybe four, teams.

New York is behind Chicago, Oklahoma City, Lakers and Spurs, according to reporter Ken Berger (CBS, July 8).

Carmelo Anthony is still on his own free agency tour, but he asked for fellow free agent Gasol’s phone number with the intention of recruiting him to the Knicks (Wojnarowski, July 3).

“If the Lakers get Carmelo, Pau will stay,” said a person familiar with Gasol’s thinking (Los Angeles Times, July 3).

Sam Spiegelman

I think this Gasol deal is conditional. Based on the reports, Gasol is very much tuned in to whatever Carmelo Anthony decides. All indicators are Gasol could stay in Los Angeles if ‘Melo chooses the Lakers, but would also consider New York, given Anthony’s presence and the familiarity factor with Phil Jackson.

One wildcard I see in this situation is the Spurs. The defending champs can offer a chance to be a parting a NBA championship contender, giving Gasol another ring or two before he contemplates retirement.  I also would not rule out Miami if LeBron returns and Chris Bosh joins the Rockets.