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Full court press to recruit Carmelo Anthony begins, Knicks get first shot

Jun 13, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

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Up until July 1, the New York Knicks are the only team that can talk with Carmelo Anthony officially. The guy about to take advantage of his free agent status — he is going to opt out and he wants the “full Dwight Howard treatment” of being recruited — is in a holding pattern for most teams.

The Knicks are trying to take advantage of that exclusive window.

Despite reports they already met, Phil Jackson, newly hired coach Derek Fisher and the rest of the Knicks brain trust will be in Los Angeles this weekend to woo Anthony, reports Adrain Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The New York Knicks are sending a high-level delegation – including president Phil Jackson and owner James Dolan – to Los Angeles this weekend to sell All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony on a future with the franchise, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

For Anthony, who plans to become a free agent July 1, this meeting will likely include his first chance for a face-to-face with new Knicks coach Derek Fisher, sources said.

Despite the urgings of Phil Jackson, ‘Melo is going to opt out of his current contract come July 1 (he has until June 23 to formally notify the team). Anthony is going to test the market.

Which means the Knicks have to make their case. New York can offer the chance to be “the man” on the biggest of stages, Derek Fisher has talked about how Anthony would thrive in the triangle, plus the Knicks can offer the most money, although Jackson has urged Anthony to take a pay cut to stay in New York, giving them more flexibility to build around him.

However, if Anthony is going to take a pay cut, why not do so to move to an already built team that can win now? Chicago and Houston are the two teams in the front of that list.

Or how about Dallas? They will have cap space, won 49 games last season and their current alpha dog Dirk Nowitizki told the Dallas Morning News he and Anthony can play well together.

“I think I’ve shown over my career that I can play with anybody. I’ll adjust, whether I have to get out of the way or go to the corner more, post up, pass — I’ll do whatever, really, that needs to be done out there to win or for this franchise to be a winner. If Carmelo would really love to come here, we’d love to have him, and if not, then we’re looking at some other options to make this franchise better and be a winner and be in the playoffs every year again. So whoever comes, whoever does decide to play with us, we’re more excited to have them.”

Dirk is making it known it can work. The Knicks are making their pitch. There will be much, much more coming.

As we have said here before, Anthony ultimately needs to decide what matters most to him. He says winning, but at this point in the process everyone says winning. Is it winning on his own terms, with a team built around him? Is it money? Is it being the biggest star in the biggest market? Is it where his family feels most comfortable? Or is it really just collecting rings?

Those answers should guide Anthony towards his destination. And only he can answer those questions.

But he’s going to get his wish, he’s going to get recruited heavily.

  1. cantonbound13 - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Be a man Melo, don’t take the LeWussy way to a ring.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      Melo is not that much of an idiot to be persuaded by fearful, whiney fans. He will do what’s right for him.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        deep down, MeHog – MeBrick KNOWS he’ll never win a ring while he’s a teams #1 option…

        he’s 0 for 11 in chances for that…

        So, his decision comes down to money, or teaming up to ride someone’s coattails for a title…

        he’ll feel SO good about himself… hey, I teamed up with so and so and “I” won a title…

        each night when Melo is sleeping, La La whispers 100 times into each ear…”take the money, take the money, take the money…”

        She tells him that he can buy a ring from a dude who goes broke a few years after he retired… so Melo will get a ring that way…

        heck, he might end up buying a ring or two from D Wade come 2019 or so…

      • antistratfordian - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:09 PM

        Maybe he does know that – and there’s nothing wrong with that. Some players never realize it and end up miserable because they were too arrogant to accept that they’d be better off stepping back. If Melo comes to that conclusion then that shows growth – he will be a better player for it.

      • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        Whiney fans? I think most of us don’t want him here. Call me crazy I would let him walk and try and bring Lance home to NY, and play out the year and let everyone expire, and re group.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:20 PM

        Most Knicks fans don’t want Melo there? Are you serious?

      • cruzan80 - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        Here’s my question is who more pathetic?

        Antistratfordian or sportsfan18?

        Thumbs up for Anti….thumbs down for sportsfan18…..GO!

      • antistratfordian - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        Give me 10 thumbs up if you think cruzan80 is obsessed with antistratfordian and wishes he was at least 1/4 as cool, handsome, intelligent, funny and charming.

      • billtetley53 - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:49 PM

        How about option 3? The moron that makes a posting askingvwhovis more pathetic?

        If you cant win a verbal battle, msybe youre better off just reading the comments…

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:20 PM

        Strats: you’re the mahn no matter what happens. You don’t have to apologize for being loyal to your team. Ain’t no time to hate or I’d say you’re NOT a peabrain like…

  2. soflasfinest - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    If he decides to rot away In NY he’s an idiot and deserves it.

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      Looks to me like plenty of players are rotting in Southbeach! Maybe they’ll get within 20 points of the Spurs in game 5.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        Eh… Miami’s Big 3 are probably going to be in the finals every year that they’ve been together. Whether that’s 4, 5, 6 or 7 straight years – who knows.

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        Wade’s knees won’t make it another year. Who are you kidding?

      • antistratfordian - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        They don’t need Wade to make it back to the Finals. But we hear about the demise of Wade’s knees every year… so I think next year he’s going to look a lot like he did this year.

        But, you know, Pat Riley knows what he’s doing. He’s not going to leave James hanging.

      • soflasfinest - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        “Rotting” away to 4 straight finals huh? Canton you’re a jealous idiot. Fact

  3. pukpokito - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    I wouldn’t like this for New York. A team that usually go first ends up losing to another team for a player’s services. If it wasn’t for Dwight Howard having the Rockets first and choosing them last Summer, I wouldn’t give the Knicks a fair enough chance to retain Carmelo.

    If I was Carmelo I would walk. If Phil truly believes in him, Phil wouldn’t say to him he would hold to that discount or pay cut whatever it is that Carmelo said initially. Phil would outright tell him he is the Franchise player and give me time to build you a team you can lead to the title.

    Phil Jackson is targeting someone else and at the position Carmelo is playing.Maybe not this year or the next but Phil is prepping for his next franchise player.

    ..and It’s not Carmelo.

    • pukpokito - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      I was just saying on my earlier comments.This is what happens now…..

      Phil Jackson Has Turned Off Carmelo Anthony On Public Statements About Taking Less Money With Knicks.

      Here it comes the news this


  4. adoombray - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Melo is the new Dwight Howard. not in terms of how he is carrying it, but in terms of media super over exposure of his storyline.

    Free Agency isn’t even here yet, we can find out where that overrated ball sponge tweener goes to play then. Nobody is ever winning a championship with Melo on the roster, he’s just too selfish a player and too in love with himself.

  5. jzone954 - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    He’s gone from the Knicks, Nows the time to build around Shump lol

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      As long he grows his flat top hair doo back.

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Enjoying the Finals? I sure am!

  6. bucrightoff - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Why would you send Dolan to try and convince him? Or are they trying to get him to leave?

    • sumkat - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      Really. Maybe he’s going there to promise that he’s going to sell the team, and he’ll be gone soon?

  7. heat256 - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Oh how the mighty have fallen! Phil begging Melo to stay. Melo laughing behind his back and thinking any option is better than the train wreck in NY. He’s gone. Don’t worry Knicks fans. Amare, Andrea and Pablo to the rescue!!!

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      How the mighty have fallen? What happened to not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5….
      It’s not like the Knicks got blown out in 2 home games in the Finals.

      • heat256 - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        Since A) The Finals technically aren’t over; and B) At least they can say they have been there the last 4 years and the Knicks haven’t sniffed the Finals in 15 years (HAHAHA), are you really saying that you’d rather have them continually stink and never go anywhere, or at least experience winning titles even at the expense of a couple of stinkers? Maybe while you’re out cruising the middle schools in your creeper van, Richie, you could read a few books on basketball?

  8. jzone954 - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Melo what exactly do you owe New York? Where do you think you’re gonna be with Fish as you’re HC and that roster? If New Yorkers get mad at you who gives a damn, honestly.

  9. bigbamboom1 - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Wow! No love for Carmelo. Even though he has been a winner everywhere he’s played. Syracuse, Denver, New York. Just name it. He’s been a winner. On teams that had no championship material except him. Last year was an outlier for him. In fact, the past 2-3 years have been much more about Amare Stoudemire playing woefully below expectation that Melo. Swap out Amare for a Rondo type running that triangle with Melo as the man. With the other perimeter players and penetrators they have. And New York is a contender IMO. Phil Jackson needs to stop insulting the guy. And pay him max dollars. Make him the centerpiece of the franchise. Amnesty and flush Stoudemire. Draft nothing but uptempo point guards, centers and Power forwards who can play. And try to coax Jeremy Linn to come back and play shooting guard.

    My humble advice would be take nothing less than a max dollar deal from New York. Or head out to LA to play with Kobe and Pau next year.

    • sumkat - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      He won in college

      He hasn’t come close to winning anything in the NBA. Much of that has been his fault

  10. imthedudedude - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    If he wasn’t such a cancer he would fit perfectly with the suns.

  11. jzone954 - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Most knick fans have to be patient as far as to see what this thing brings your down the road. Melo I highly doubt will stay with New York in a rebuilding process. If he wants a true shot at making the finals and competing for title for at least the next 3 years, team up down south in Miami. I mean that’s just pure honesty. You’re 30 bro. Windows closing, Phil Jackson doesn’t have MJ or Kobe and Shaq anymore. And for the next 3 years NY isn’t taking the Heat out so it’s pretty easy. I’ll say it again, who cares what Knicks fans will think of you later, they wanna burn you’re jersey and tear up the streets if you go? Let them…

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      As a Knicks fan since 1967 I appreciate you’re comment. I’m also a fan of this great game aND don’t hate anybody or any team any more. Ain’t no time to hate. Criticism isn’t always hate. Everybody has a right to their opinions except racists. Ain’t no time to hate, and that’s what racism is. It’s not criticism, like that directed at LeBron, Kobe, Dwight Howard, etc.

  12. mackcarrington - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Would someone like to explain why as soon as the season is over, he heads straight to Los Angeles? Why wouldn’t he want to spend the summer in NY?

    • sumkat - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      I’ve been to (lived in) NY in the summer

      I’ve been to LA in the summer on a few occasions (never lived there)

      If you have the means to choose which one you spend your summer in, it’s not even a decision, you’ll be running out of NY ASAP

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM

        Best comment ever unless you like pizza WITHOUT avocado. If you do, stay east of I-5. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! Ain’t no time to hate. Spurs have taught me that.

      • sumkat - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        Well, any one with common sense likes pizza without avocado. It’s possibly the one pizza topping worse than pineapple

        But if you have the means to choose between LA and NY for the summer, I doubt the local pizza selection is high on your list of priorities

  13. rdav29 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Best case for both…Knicks drive up his price and he signs with a contender. He gets better shot at a ring. Knicks get to totally reload next summer with tons of cap space and don’t settle for mediocrity with a star fading in his 30’s taking up too much of the cap and little else beside him.

    • sumkat - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      I wouldn’t count on loading up next summer too much, if Melo isn’t around. Like it or not, top player today look to play with other top players. Right now, the Knicks have nobody except Melo to convince other players they can win there. If he’s gone, who is the draw…Shumpbert?

      They’ll have a ton of cap space, but there are other teams that will have a ton of cap space too, and have a much more attractive roster to sell them on.

      Worst thing that could happen for the Knicks is Melo walks this year, they are very bad next year (at least not a playoff team), Dolan gets antsy and signs 2nd tier FA’s next year because it’s the best he can get, and they wind up as Brooklyn B

  14. jadaruler - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Would love to have Melo in Dallas. He would be the man and finally play for an elite coach (Karl is is good but has a losing playoff record).

    I don’t see Melo leaving NYC. They can give him 5/129. Why would he take a pay cut to play for Chicago (Thibs is a lame duck coach and D Rose is a huge question mark), Houston (McHale’s coaching ability is questionable and they don’t play d) or Miami (giving up 60-70 mil and not knowing how the team will mesh).

  15. marcusfitzhugh - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Sometimes girls will go out with a guy just to see the other side. A ride in the Benz, a chance to see a live event they couldn’t get in to on their own, followed by a trip to the best restaurant in town, etc. But before she leaves the house, she knows there is absolutely ZERO chance that shes giving up the goods. I’m not saying Melo’s a girl, but he’d have to be out of his mind to intentionally leave all that loot on the table to chase a ring with a team that says “he’s the missing piece”. Of course, sometimes a girl wakes up the next morning with a big hangover and can’t find her underwear because the night didn’t go exactly as planned. Melo can play the fool and wind up playing with Kobe and ten veteran’s minimums and CBA players if he wants. It’s his career.

    Either way, NY will be OK. If Melo leaves, he takes that contract with him. If he stays, then NY gets Melo. Win/win. For those who disagree, can you honestly say you don’t want Carmelo Anthony on your favorite NBA team? No huh? And if you want him, have you got $22M in cap space for year 1? NY isn’t doing a sign and trade for garbage. Maybe with Minny for Love, but thats definitely not garbage. Some how I don’t think Melo would be able to sell the benefits of Minneapolis winters with a cut in pay and no chance of thNBA Finals to his wife. Although, if that was a reality show, I might actually watch it.

    The only team I don’t want him on is Boston.

  16. woodrree7 - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Isn’t all this considered collusion??

  17. csbanter - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Let’s hope Knick fans are enjoying all this melodrama.

  18. campcouch - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    Last chance to get a max,at the end sign with whoever the current power is,come off the bench and get a ring. Retire.

  19. whitwarren - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:59 AM

    Highly doubt this will happen but:

  20. m4a188 - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    I really hope a team doesn’t sign him with the expectation that he will win them a title, because they will be very disappointed.

  21. cueghost - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    It seems to me that leaving NY right now would be the biggest mistake this guy could make… Phil and Fish are going to change the culture there and other big names WILL be on the way, starting next summer. With or without Melo, the Knicks will be playing in the Finals in 3 years. If he jumps ship now, he’ll miss out on being one of NYC’s heroes and will forever be remembered as failure there. He’s paid dues there, why would he want to bail right before he stood to start reaping some rewards?

  22. caeser12 - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    When Melo leaves, I hope he takes the “name on the back of the jersey” fans with him.

    In a year when the Eastern Conference was historically bad, Melo and Woodson, could NOT get their teams into the playoffs, while Atlanta and Charlotte, yes CHARLOTTE, did.

    Thanks for the few highlights, but it’s time.

    Now the Knicks can finally REBUILD.

    Go NY.

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