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Carmelo Anthony meets with advisors to talk free agency, Knicks likely still in lead

May 27, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

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Conventional wisdom around the league remains that Carmelo Anthony likely will re-sign in New York, but not until he’s had a chance to be wooed by other teams. And the recruiting pitches could change things.

Anthony is playing things close to the vest (outside a two-hour sit-down with Phil Jackson) so nobody really knows what he’s thinking, but he had a sit down with his advisors late last week, reports the New York Post.

Anthony, his Creative Artists Agency agent Leon Rose, and CAA advisor William Wesley were in the group of six at a well-known haunt on 28th Street called Pergola in a strategy session discussing their options. The source said the group sat in a private back room.

A number of teams will show interest. The biggest names in that mix are Chicago, Houston and the long shot Los Angeles Lakers (they will go through the motions but wisely don’t see Anthony and Kobe Bryant as meshing or building for the long term). There will be others, but the Post lays out the case for the Knicks.

Two of his prime candidates, Houston and Chicago, still have to get far enough under the salary cap to make it worth it for Anthony. The Bulls may have to rid themselves of Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson on a squad that was knocked out of the playoffs in the first round. Plus, Anthony would be banking on the uncertain future of the oft-injured Derrick Rose. The Rockets were also knocked out in the first round and need to get rid of Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik to get under the salary cap.

With all of these teams — the Knicks included — Anthony is going to be asked to take less money than his max.

As we have said before, what Anthony needs to decide is what really matters most to him. Is it money? Is it being “the man” on a team built around him? Is it winning? Is it being in New York? And along those lines Anthony needs to decide who he really trusts — does he trust Phil Jackson to be able to build a winner quickly in New York? Does he trust Rose’s knees and Tom Thibodeau’s system in Chicago? Does he want to play next to Dwight Howard?

I’m not sure Anthony can answer those questions yet. Oh, he’ll say “winning” but that’s the easy generalization, everyone wants to win. What is he willing to sacrifice, both financially and on the court, to get into the best position to do that? For example, if he likes Chicago as a fit is he willing to take enough of a salary reduction that they can keep Taj Gibson? Is he willing to let the offense run through Derrick Rose?

With Kevin Love out there on the trade market as another high scoring four, it’s going to be interesting to see who teams target, and what resources they throw at the efforts. But Anthony will have options, he just has to decide what he really wants.

  1. mackcarrington - May 27, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    There’s no need to even read this article. Just go with the most money in the largest media market in a city you love being in with a coaching legend in the front office.
    What in the world is there to think about?

    • finsfan71 - May 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      If winning isn’t part of the equation then yeah, you just nailed it.

      • fm31970 - May 27, 2014 at 12:15 PM


      • fm31970 - May 27, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        Unless he goes to the Heat, Pacers, Spurs, or Thunder, how much of a title shot does he have, right now, with another team? Add Anthony and subtract Asik and Parsons, and does Houston get that much better?

        I was SURE Anthony was going to leave New York, but not so much anymore. Maybe he’s happy living there, and that can’t be discounted. I’m sure lots of people have lived and worked in cities they despised, so if Anthony is happy there, he should stay. There are no guarantees for him no matter which city/team he chooses.

      • mackcarrington - May 27, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        Dwight Howard took less money, went to a smaller market where he thought gave him the best chance to win and they went down in the first round. Carmelo knows he’s not a loser. He can polish his Syracuse championship ring. The whole “legacy” thing is way overblown. Nobody thinks less of Iverson cause he didn’t win a ring. I say stay in NY and be the big man in a big city. Don’t be a championship mercenary.

      • mlp420 - May 28, 2014 at 12:56 AM

        The Bulls don’t offer Carmelo a great chance at title contention though. If Derrick Rose becomes Penny Hardaway or Grant Hill 2.0, they would still be behind Miami and Indiana next year. The Bulls overachieved during the regular season. Their terrible performance in the playoffs proved they weren’t truly a 48 win team one player away from being contenders like Houston was a year ago.

        The Knicks offer an outside chance of duplicating Miami’s big three with all the cap space they have in 2015, which is something we know he’s wanted to do since Miami’s big three formed in 2010.

  2. jzone954 - May 27, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Why would he stay? Do the Knicks have the roster to win right now? I don’t think so. Melo should do what he thinks best for him and if he wants to win now?, then leave. Save the Phil Jackson team president chatter too. There no MJ , Kobe or Shaq on this team, there’s not even a coach on the team.

    • finsfan71 - May 27, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      Jackson’s former player, Kerr, played the Knicks for a better contract from Golden State. So not only did he go to a team with more talent, he got paid as well.

      • redbaronx - May 27, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        Kerr didn’t “play” the Knicks. The Knicks gambled by lowballing Kerr on their first offer, and made it easy for Kerr to be where he wants to be. The West Coast….

      • mlp420 - May 28, 2014 at 12:59 AM

        He went to a better team. The problem is there are 6-7 teams even better in the west. Foolish. May not even when a playoff series. Ask Dwight how that worked out.

    • sportsfan18 - May 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      Knicks fans should HOPE MeHog/MeBrick moves along…

      Melo does not win in the playoffs and that’s for his career… he loses 2 out of every 3 playoff games he’s been in for his career.

      He won’t win a title in his career so if Knicks fans want a title, they need to HOPE MeHog/MeBrick heads out of town…

      • bougin89 - May 27, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        Melo isn’t the reason the Knicks missed the playoffs this year.

        There. I said it. Is your mind completely blown?

      • sportsfan18 - May 27, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        No, it’s NOT blown because I KNEW that…

        Melo IS the reason they did NOT win a championship last season though…
        A staff writer wrote on SI dot com a week or two back about how Melo was an overpriced, offensive player who simply wasn’t good enough to lead a team, to make the absurd amount of money he does.

        he doesn’t bring enough to a team for the money he makes/collects.

        A team constructed with HIM as it’s main piece is NOT going to win a championship and that is what I said further above.

        I did NOT say Melo was why they missed the playoffs this past season.

        he’s good enough to get to the playoffs and has many times but he’s fared very poorly once there…

        A Melo led team with him as their #1 go to star player is NOT going to win a championship.

        That was my point sir.

      • sportsfan18 - May 27, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        just WHERE did I say or imply that Melo was the reason they missed the playoffs last year?

        Please show me that. You put words in my mouth.

      • bougin89 - May 27, 2014 at 3:42 PM

        Well, I wrote what I did based you you making the same comment over and over, repeatedly about Melo.

        Just because a player is on a max contract doesn’t mean he is capable of leading his team to a championship. Basic economics and an understanding of the current CBA would tell you that.

      • sportsfan18 - May 27, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        it isn’t economics or the current CBA that prevents max players from leading a team to a championship, it’s that SOME players that are given max deals are NOT worth it…

        Some get max deals because the team has been bad for a long time and teams “reach” to keep a player for their fans, to show they’re trying…

        Economics didn’t cause that owner and team to overpay in that situation.

        The old CBA and the new CBA did not make the owner/G.M. overpay for a player who did not deserve it.

        sometimes bad luck plays into it. teams have money some years to spend, more so than other years and it depends who is a free agent that particular year to sign.

        if it’s a weak group of free agents, those at the top tend to get overpaid, just like in the NFL and in MLB with starting pitchers. some yrs some pitchers who AREN’T really top of the line get top money because there weren’t better players to choose from.

        Same in the NBA and there are other reasons too.

        it isn’t the CBA that overpays. it’s team executives who overpay for a variety of reasons.

        Lastly, even though I say the SAME thing many times, saying something that is correct over and over doesn’t make it any less true…

        yeah, it makes me less liked but I’m not worried about being “liked” online… I just want the truth out about players and situations.

        and Melo is most definitely one of the max players who can’t lead a team to a title. for a team with him on it to win a title, he needs to be the #2 banana on the team and with that salary, that won’t be happening…

        therefore, no title for any team Melo is on…

        so, IF Knicks fans WANT to win a title, then they should WANT Melo to be gone…

      • bkbell3 - May 27, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        sportsfan,you do realize that almost every time melo lost in the playoff his team was the lower seed.

      • sportsfan18 - May 28, 2014 at 1:37 AM

        of course I do…

        But YOU saying that just plays right into my point. Melo has been the “man” and the “star” on his teams…

        And they aren’t high seeds and they haven’t sniffed the finals…

        isn’t that what I’ve been saying in a different way? that a team with Melo as the #1 guy won’t win a championship?

        That is what YOU just said in so many words too… because HIS teams aren’t high seeds (no coincidence there)…

        you’re right, they are LOW seeds because he is their BEST player… and he is NOT good enough for them to consistently be a 1 or 2 seed and go to the finals…

        He’s been in the league 11 seasons, on two different teams so far and he has NOT sniffed a finals, even once…

        I don’t know how many seasons he’ll play in the NBA, say 16 or 17 for at least 3 different teams (i’m thinking he’s leaving the Knicks this summer) and he won’t win a championship.

        Others play 12 to 16 seasons and appear in many finals

        at some point, with him playing that many seasons and on different teams, one has to ask WHY hasn’t a Melo led team made it?

      • bougin89 - May 28, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        If multiple teams would be willing to give a player a max deal, then that player is worth a max deal. It really is simple economics. If Carmelo couldn’t command a max deal, he wouldn’t get one.

        Regardless Carmelo is good enough to deserve a max deal.

        What’s next? Are you going to say Chris Paul isn’t worth a max deal because he’s hasn’t been able to lead his team to a conference finals? Something Carmelo has actually done already.

        If players like Bosh, Deron Williams, Amare, Joe Johnson, Rudy Gay, Pau Gasol, Boozer are getting the max or near the max and then you have “second tier” contracts like Eric Gordon, Emeke Okafor, Bogut, etc all making 14 million a year plus then yes, Carmelo is worth the max. Again it’s simple economics.

        What you’re stating is a completely biased opinion, one that is completely against Melo, it isn’t “true” by definition. It’s just your opinion.

  3. marbulz - May 27, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    One please he could goes to the Cleveland Cavaliers they have the money they have Kylie Irving and are going to have two nice pics first draft pick in the team that’s improving with the right coach

  4. cantonb0und13 - May 27, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    If you ask Patrick Ewing, what was it like to play for the Knicks? Ewing would said, “In short, it was a tragedy.”

    • marcusfitzhugh - May 27, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      Please. Ewing enjoyed the opportunity of playing in one of the NBA’s premier cities. Outside of the tabloid rags that double as newspapers, he was treated like royalty. If anyone thinks Pat would have been happier spending his career in some NBA armpit, they’re delusional. BTW, only those who live in or support some second rate NBA city should be offended by the term “armpit”.

  5. sportsfan18 - May 27, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Funny, ALL his people he met with were bankers, investment bankers…

    show me da money…

    • bougin89 - May 28, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      No, it really is simple economics.

      The max/near max deals given to Amare, Bosh, Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Rudy Gay, Boozer and the “second tier” contracts given to guys like Emeka Okafor, Eric Gordon, Danny Granger, Bogut, etc. who are all making $14 million plus make Melo worth a max contract.

      The CBA isn’t setup to have only the best player in the league make the maximum. It’s setup so it’s spread out between more players therefore more players make the max/near max.

  6. chunkala - May 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Losing games and his b****h wife are the most important things to him.

  7. jzone954 - May 27, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    All honesty , I hope and wish well for the Knicks so cantonbound can have something to look forward to and talk about other then just acting foolish on Miami Heat blogs. Man I still wish NY could’ve got it together because the Heat and Knicks in the ECF is what everybody wanted and was looking forward to. Would’ve been bigger then the Finals, but , the Knicks have completely tanked. And the Heat? Well…

    • finsfan71 - May 27, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      Don’t worry about Richie, Heat losses are just as good as Knicks wins. When you put those two numbers together it’s not half bad for him.

  8. malek773 - May 27, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Best shot at winning is Chicago. Most money is New York. You could say Houston has a better team than Chicago right now, but Chicago is coached better and plays in the East (easier road to the finals). If Carmelo stays in New York he is accepting the fact that he probably won’t win a championship for the rest of his career. That roster does not have enough talent to win a title now. By the time they shed the dead weight on their cap they’ll have to convince some free agents to come over and play with an aging Carmelo. Combine that with them needing to build chemistry together and find the right coach to be able to make it work. It seems like a really long shot that he gets a title with NY.

    • finsfan71 - May 27, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      Maybe the Rangers can make him an honorary Captain.

  9. godelleb - May 27, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    His best chance to win would theoretically be in Chicago, but that really depends upon Derrick Rose’s knees. Chicago would need to acquire him in a sign and trade to make it work since NY would want the expiring contracts of Boozer and Dunleavy. NY would also get the Bulls highest number 1 pick this year and next year. The 5 million added to the cap allows the Bulls to sign Melo to a max contract without giving up Taj Gibson. A different alternative has the Bulls keeping both first round picks and trading the rights to Nikola Mirotic to NY. He’s currently the highest rated European player and the Bulls have rights.

    • marcusfitzhugh - May 27, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      Exactly why would NY want expiring contracts? If Melo walks, the Knicks are free of his contract and the salary. The only one who benefits from NY taking Chicago’s lousy contracts is Chicago. Right now, NY can’t lose. If Melo stays, great. If he and that salary goes, great. If Chicago is having a hard time paying for Melo, that’s Chicago’s problem.

  10. boutdatcomment - May 27, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Bold prediction: Melo goes to the team he where he was raised. The Washington Wizards..

    • eugenesaxe1 - May 27, 2014 at 6:44 PM

      The Wiz just dug themselves out of a many-years hole. Please don’t go shoving them back in it.

  11. ptownbearsfan420 - May 27, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Fm31970…. Your batsh$t crazy! Add melo and subtract asik and parsons?? Are u kidding me?

    -BLAZERS FAN…. Smh

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