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You knew this was coming: Carmelo Anthony denies report he has decided to leave Knicks

Dec 5, 2013, 12:43 PM EDT

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Anybody who tells you they know what Carmelo Anthony is going to do this summer is selling you something. And it’s something that doesn’t smell good.

But we are going to be inundated with this stuff between now and July 1, when Anthony likely will become a free agent.

The latest was ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith, who on his New York radio show Thursday said he heard from sources ‘Melo is definitely leaving the Knicks and then went on to once again hype the ‘Melo to the Lakers this summer idea.

Anthony shot down that idea at shootaround before the Knicks play the Nets Thursday, as reported by Rod Boone of Newsday:

With so many variables in play, Anthony himself could not have made a definitive decision on what he will do more than six months from now. Remember the Knicks can offer one more guaranteed year in this contract, plus larger raises, so that’s nearly $30 million guaranteed Anthony has to leave on the table to bolt New York. That would be the New York Knicks team he fought so very hard to get to, the city where he loves to play.

Another consideration: Just how strong is the market for ‘Melo at max dollars. Going to the Lakers means likely reuniting with Mike D’Antoni, plus it means a Lakers offense based around the isolation-heavy preferences of ‘Melo and Kobe Bryant. In a West with the Spurs, Thunder, Clippers, Trail Blazers and Warriors does Kobe/’Melo strike you as a title contender? Me neither. And the Lakers can’t even offer Anthony a full max after Kobe’s new contract, ‘Melo would have to take a little discount and after that there is no money to bring in good role players around him. The Lakers are rumored to really want to go after Kevin Love in 2015 (LaMarcus Aldridge and others could be available then as well).

Who else will offer ‘Melo a max? Dallas? A rebuilding team like Philadelphia or Orlando? Hard to see those teams stepping up with big offers. Maybe there can be a sign-and-trade with another team, but then the Knicks and James Dolan have to go along with it.

As noted above, there are a lot of variables in play and the most likely outcome is he stays put in New York. But nobody knows what will happen this summer. Don’t buy anyone telling you they know how this plays out.

  1. fanofevilempire - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    somebody is going to bi-atch slap Stephen A. Smith one of these days.
    I thought George Karl was going to slap him thru the screen today.

    • alfiemonstaa - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:56 PM


  2. legend30 - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Who’s worse, Stephen A. Smith or Chris Broussard?

    • alfiemonstaa - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Broussard bro, no doubt!

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      Stephen A. because he is paired with another schmuck named Skip- rope-Baseless.
      Brossard has more credibility.

  3. dls612 - Dec 5, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    He shot down the idea of him leaving! SHOCKING!!

  4. vi3tguy415 - Dec 5, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    as a Knicks fan, ok, melo. you can go. we don’t want no first/second round bye bye. play to win not play to get bounced.

  5. unxpexted1 - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Say what you want about Stephen A, he maybe annoying but he is right on a lot of these reports. I remember him calling Lebron to the Heat the summer before it even happened. He called the CP3 to the Lakers deal. He had KG, PP and Doc rivers going to the clippers mid season last year. And that would have happened if the NBA didnt step in. Not saying this is the case, but i can’t lie, he spits out some stuff way in advance that does end up happening……now broussard on the other hand…..SMH

    Not saying this is gold, but I wouldnt completely discount it.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      he called the movement just like all the other guys out there, I bet none of the nba players
      like him, he is a fake.

    • cruzan80 - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Actually, Broussard was the 1st to break the news about LBJ going to Miami….not Smith…look it up. As for CP3 to the Lakers…yeah…him, every reporter in the country & my barber had that one before it happened. I know Broussard if off a lot but Smith is worse. He’s a character more than a reporter at this point.

      • cruzan80 - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      Stephen A. Smith is like Pat O’Brien. He just name drops a bunch of people to make you think he’s well connected, and then the one time he gets something right he doesn’t shut up about it for the next 15 years.

      • jimeejohnson - Dec 5, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        That’s what I like about the round mound of doom: Charles “Chaz” Barkley! He doesn’t need to make himself look like a big shot because he IS a big shot. He says what he thinks even if it’s politically incorrect. You go, Sir Charles!

  6. stadix093 - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    I am a fan of neither of these teams but am curious to Knicks fans thoughts. Who would say no to a Blake Griffin for Melo deal (if Melo wants out) and why? Not trolling. Just curious. Discuss please.

    • vi3tguy415 - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM


    • fanofevilempire - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      that could be a good trade but Blake is soft and he has to get that jumper and Defense
      to add to his game, right now he a soft player who likes to dunk but doesn’t bang.
      why not.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      “Who would say no to a Blake Griffin for Melo deal?”

      The Clippers

      • stadix093 - Dec 5, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        The Clippers are not anywhere near a championship team and Melo is definitely the superior player.

  7. cruzan80 - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Stephen A. Smith is nothing but a TV character now… credibility.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      ask him a question and he moves around and makes facial expressions like he
      is eating jumping beans or something.

  8. sportsfan18 - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    I guess Lala hasn’t told Melo whether they are moving or not yet.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      that’s funny.
      are you saying La La has Melos ballz in her hand bag and he carries it for her?

  9. fanofevilempire - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    They do own property in LA, just saying.

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 5, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      Bet they own primo land near Mel Gibson in Malibu.

  10. tonyricemajorharris - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    This guy is one of the most overrated players in the NBA

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      oh yeah, really.hmmmmmmm

      • jimeejohnson - Dec 5, 2013 at 6:46 PM

        Did you see Melo shoot the lights out of the London Olympics for Team USA? Melo is a one of a kind talent and surrounded by the right players, he could, go, all the way! It’s as if the Knicks are cursed like the Red Sox used to be and the Cubs still are. Where is John Starks when you need him. He wasn’t a superstar but he knew how to WIN. These Knicks know how to lose.

  11. dallasstars9 - Dec 5, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Selfish is as selfish does… I would never want this fool on my team!

  12. cluelessdufus - Dec 5, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    I agree, Melo is very talented. He also has problems that he can overcome but isn’t motivated to fix. The guy is a inconsistent volume scorer, he has the abilty to go off, but other times he just takes too many shots. He also shows lack of good on ball defense, he can easily get stuck on screens and won’t provide an consistent effort to make the offense really work. Good coaching and a good locker room presence could make him get his head in the game. Until he fixes this he won’t be the go to guy he wants to be and maybe thinks he worth more than he actually is.

  13. belleby123 - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    On a related note, Melo has also denied reports that he’s staying with the Knicks.

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