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Report: Carmelo Anthony still will opt out after meeting with Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher

Jun 13, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony has been clear from the start he intended to opt out and become a free agent this summer. He might well re-sign with the Knicks, but he was going to look at his options. He wanted the “full Dwight Howard treatment.”

So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher couldn’t talk Anthony out of his plan, as reported by Frank Isola at the New York Daily News.

Anthony and his agent, Leon Rose, reportedly met on Thursday with Jackson, new coach Derek Fisher and general manager Steve Mills. Assuming Anthony opts out, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the All-Star forward won’t re-sign with the Knicks, especially when the club can offer him the most money. But even Jackson recently admitted he is concerned about losing Anthony to free agency because it “only takes one” team.

There were reports that the one team could be the Miami Heat, and watching them in the Finals shaw shown how they need to upgrade that roster. However that would require a large financial sacrifice from Anthony, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. For one, Bosh called this scenario very, very unlikely.

But if Anthony is willing to take a pay cut and not be “the man” on a team as he is in NYC he would have other options such as Chicago and Houston, two teams that would be considered contenders with Anthony in the fold.

Anthony has options. He wants to explore them. Always did, nothing has really changed.

Just don’t be surprised if he doesn’t look at those options and end up back in blue and orange at Madison Square Garden again next season.

  1. fanofthegame79 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    I read this somewhere else…but I’ll toss it here, too: Anthony and LeBron meeting up in Cleveland after they pick Joel Embiid? Irving, Anthony, James, Varejao, and Embiid wouldn’t be a bad starting 5.

    • loungefly74 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:17 AM

      i just cant see Lebron going back…

      • chicagosports2014 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:37 AM

        We trying to get Kevin Love draft night, than grab Melo in free agency to form the Big #4👍

      • jeffkx - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        I’m from Cleveland and I will admit it’s not likely, but it can’t be ruled out. LeBron knows that coming back to Cleveland and winning an NBA Title would be a top 5 sports redemption stories of all-time. But I think he’s going to stay one more year then consider his options next summer.

      • loungefly74 - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        youre absolutely right about it being an all time redemption story if he came back and won. wow…thats movie screenplay material, man!

    • bkbell3 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:24 AM

      Number one how would cleveland have the cap space without gutting the team and that would include trading Irving. Also Melo was never opting in for the last year on his contract and risking an injury and not getting his last payday. They need to stop running this story 10 times a week. Yes opting out does give him options to explore but he isn’t risking opting in and getting hurt.smh writers psssst

    • campcouch - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      I’m sure Cleveland entertains the thought like every other team,but they’re not pinning their hopes on big time FA signings,that’s media hocus pocus. they’ll keep drafting and do it the slow way.

    • azarkhan - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      LOL. Please put that garbage back where you found it.

    • vg777 - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      Maybe if cleveland fans didn’t burn his jerseys after he left.

  2. cantonbound13 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Phil just has to tell Melo, look at what the Spurs are doing. The right team system will always beat arrogant all stars teaming up. In 20 years of coaching, Phil won a championship 11 times. He had 3 different teams 3 peat! You can be a sidekick if you want & lose in the Finals or you can be the main man in a proven championship system.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      EXCEPT, that will take several years at a MINIMUM…

      And the going to be 30 yr old Melo this upcoming season doesn’t want to wait until he’s like 33 or 34 to really contend and compete…

      The Knicks don’t have a choice as they have to dig themselves out of the position they’re in, cap hell, few draft picks etc…

      Melo does NOT have to wait around for what you said to happen though.

      If he was 26 yrs old I could see him listening to what you said about trying to be like the Spurs because he would have some time…

      If he stays in NYC, it’s for the money, period.

    • campcouch - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      and those Jackson teams had superstar duos in place when he took over. Anthony has been the one man show for Denver and NYK. while Jackson was able to add players to compliment already formidable teams,there isn’t much he can do for a couple of years. Even then,that doesn’t mean instant title. Anthony would have a better chance of at least getting to the Finals in Houston,Chicago and suddenly the rumor filled Heat.

      • batoujitsu - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:16 AM

        Why will it take several years? Wasnt this the same knicks team that won 50 plus games a season ago? Dont tell me jason kidd was the reason for the decline?

        Its the system – look at phoenix.

        Just stop with all the iso ball and they will be better with the roster they currently have

  3. therealdave123 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Has there even been a more overhyped overrated player than Melo? Guy can score in bunches but if a team thinks this guy is leading them to a championship they’re crazy.

    • campcouch - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      You could say that about any megastar player throughout NBA history…except maybe Hakeem Olajuwon in 93-94…everybody else has had at least one superstar/HOFer on their quest for a title so I wouldn’t tab him as overrated exactly.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:12 AM

        to each their own couch…

        I would tab him as being very overrated…

        people say he’s a great scorer. he isn’t. he scores a lot because he shoots a lot.

        he’s inefficient, he misses too much.

        A great scorer scores efficiently, shoots a higher percentage than he does.

        he scores, a lot… but he is not a great scorer… KD, LBJ and others score with a much higher efficiency than he does.

        like all players, Melo’s stats go up and down a bit year over year.

        Several yrs back Durant led the league in scoring for 3 yrs in a row. the year before this past season, Melo led the league and Durant finished 2nd in scoring.

        Durant led the league in scoring again this year.

        But, let’s do a quick glance at what Melo did to lead the league in scoring two seasons ago.

        He averaged 28.7 points a game and it took him 22.2 shots a game to score those 28.7 points a game.

        Durant, who finished 2nd to Melo that yr in scoring averaged 28.1 points per game on only 17.7 shots a game.

        Here is more perspective. Three seasons ago, Melo averaged 18.6 shots a game, much less than 2 yrs ago when he led the league in scoring, BUT HIGHER than the number of shots KD took per game two seasons ago.

        3 yrs ago, Melo took 18.6 shots a game and only averaged 22.6 points a game.
        2 yrs ago, KD took 17.7 shots a game and scored 28.1 points a game.

        Just look at that. Melo scored a lot because he took a lot of shots.

        KD scored much more efficiently.

        Back Melo down to only 17.7 shots a game and he’d struggle to average 20 points a game… yet KD on those same 17.7 shots a game is averaging 28 points a game.

        One of the players above is a great scorer and the other is a volume scorer.

        So, Melo is a bad defender who scores a lot because he shoots a lot. He isn’t a great scorer, just a scorer.

        Yet people think he’s a top ten player in the league. While being a good player, a very good one, he IS overrated as he’s not a top ten player in the league..

      • irvfin3 - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        How about Dirk in 2011 he was the only star

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      well said sir…

      finally nice to come across another person on here who realizes the truth about MeHog – MeBrick…

      while he is good, he is overrated. he’s a volume shooter who scores a lot because he shoots a lot.

      Melo won’t ever win a championship while he’s the teams #1 player…

      He’s 0 for 11 trying to do that…

      • loungefly74 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:57 AM is a team sport. the end result is to get a “W” regardless if he shoots it 30 times or 10 times. that said, the Knicks have failed as a team. Lets not put it all on Melo’s shooting.

        Is he overrated? yeah, i think…but a lot of that has to do with the team’s results.

      • cruzan80 - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:49 AM

        @ sportsfan

        At the end of the day your regurgitation of “he scores a lot because he shoots a lot” & “he’s inefficient so he’ll never win a title” will still sound like exactly like what it is….HATE.

        The notion that a 6’8”, 235 lbs, SF who has a career average of 25.3 ppg, 3.1 ast, 6.5 rbs & who is coming off a season with stats of 27.4 ppg, 8.1 rbs & 3.1 ast is somehow “overrated” or isn’t a top 10 player in the league is to be simply put…dumb.

        You don’t like him…we get it & that’s fine but why you feel the need to insult everyone else’s intelligence with this nonsense baffles me.

        Your points are completely void of logic. One player has NEVER won an NBA championship…EVER! Are you watching these Finals??? It takes a TEAM to win the title. KG, Paul Pierce & Ray Allen were all very efficient players for the large majority of their careers & they were also RINGLESS until the all got on the same team.

        Like all superstar players over the history of the NBA Melo’s title will depending on one thing…the team he’s surrounded by…period. Whether you like him or not isn’t gonna change that FACT.

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:56 AM


        Okay, I agree Durant is better than Carmelo.

        But when you say he is not top ten, it begs the question: Who are your top 10?

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:33 PM


        my top 10

        1 LBJ
        2 KD
        3 Chris Paul
        4 Kevin Love
        5 Blake Griffin
        6 Anthony Davis
        7 DeMarcus Cousins
        8 Russell Westbrook
        9 Stephon Curry
        10 Joakim Noah

        Toss up between several players… such as LaMarcus Aldridge, Andre Drummond, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard… and Carmelo Anthony.

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:10 PM


        I respect your top 10. We might see eye to eye on 3-5 of those.

        I am curious though, how on Earth you consider Joakim Noah who gets dominated by Dwight Howard and Nene to be top 10?

        Also, DeMarcus Cousins gets dominated night in and night out regardless of who he matches up against. Why do you consider him to be better than Carmelo?

    • chicagosports2014 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      Your crazy for that comment. It takes a team to win a championship. Ask Lebron, why he left Cleveland. Dave 123


  4. gpatrick15 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Maybe they all shouldn’t take less money. How about Wade and Bosh take less? They expect for LeBron to carry the load, so he should be paid accordingly. But Wade and Bosh shouldn’t be offered anywhere near max deals. Taking less money shouldn’t just be expected for them, it should be the only thing offered. Why would I pay max money for 18 points per game apiece? Offer LeBron the max, offer Wade and Bosh contracts worthy of their output. Wade isn’t even able to play every game in the regular season. Neither of them deserve max deals. Use the savings to go after Memo, if that’s their prerogative.

    • gpatrick15 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:54 AM


    • genericcommenter - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:02 AM

      Maybe, but Bosh has been a more valuable player since he started scoring less.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      But, but, but… the Boshosaurus lives in the most expensive house of any NBA player…

      dude needs his coin… the MRS. would blow a gasket… she’s got those millions spent already…

      (uh, he really does have the most expensive house of any current NBA player, that part is true).

      And it gets worse folks… it always does doesn’t it?

      Besides having the most expensive home of NBA players, Bosh wasn’t satisfied with just having one expensive home.

      Bosh has another expensive home and he actually has two of the top three most expensive homes in the NBA…

      MRS. is gonna say Boshosaurus, you’ve ALREADY taken a pay cut the past 4 seasons… time to make the donuts…

      Chris Bosh has two of the three most expensive homes in the NBA
      By: SEAN HIGHKIN March 12, 2014 4:57 pm ET

  5. kb2408 - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    It’s Chicago or N.Y.

  6. azarkhan - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Carmelo Anthony could never play for the San Antonio Spurs (thank God!).

    • gpatrick15 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Stephen Jackson, a notorious chucker and selfish player, fit well enough in San Antonio that he was able to help win a championship during his first stint. Carmelo plays a similar style of basketball as the Spurs during USA basketball, and he does so in a moderately efficient way. He can play for any team. The coach just has to be strong enough to reign him in. Winning cures all (until the disease of more inevitably kicks in).

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        If you go back and watch that season, Stephen Jackson played team ball. It was before he got his first big contract as a marquee free agent. He also destroyed Kobe in the playoffs.

        I’m not arguing with the point you made. Actually, I am agreeing with you more and more now that I think about it.

  7. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    I hope he leaves.

  8. biggredbird76 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    come on out to HOU Melo

  9. klownboy - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    I think it’s either Chicago or Houston for Carmelo…

    • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Jun 13, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Houston would be the worst defensive team in the league.

      • klownboy - Jun 15, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        LMAO, true dat…

  10. bigbamboom1 - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    IMO it’s:
    1. LA Lakers (wife from there) Kobe and Pau mean a winning shot right away if it jells.
    2. NY Knicks- It’s home. And all they need is to get a top PG, and flush/amnesty Amare
    3. Boston Celtics-Legacy, Rondo, and a lot of other very good pieces and draft picks
    4. Chicago-Huge Market, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler, Tag Gibson, Tibs
    5. Indianapolis Pacers- In the upset special of the century. Even though it’s still young

    Miami with Lebron, Wade and Bosh? If you believe this, you need to pull away from the Crack Pipe fast! Houston? Put the Bong down! He’d be better off with the Lakers.

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