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Sure he’s still opting out, but Knicks reportedly think meeting with Carmelo Anthony went well

Jun 15, 2014, 1:59 PM EDT

New York Knicks forward Anthony slam dunks in front of Indiana Pacers forward George in second half NBA game in New York Reuters

Carmelo Anthony has been clear from the start — he is opting out of his contract with the New York Knicks this summer. He is not opting in as Phil Jackson had hoped, he is going to test the free agent waters and talk to multiple teams.

Despite reports saying he is leaning toward bolting to Chicago or Houston, the Knicks left the meeting feeling pretty good, reports the New York Post.

According to a source close to president Phil Jackson, “The meeting went well — [Anthony] will still most likely opt out — but all in all, a good meeting.’’

What the Knicks know, and what the report goes on to say, is that the Rockets and Bulls have a lot of work to do to be able to offer Anthony a big contract.

The Rockets could go near a max deal if they could move Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin and get no salary in return, then move Terrence Jones and let Chandler Parsons walk. Of course, then you have a big three (with two who are not great defenders) and not much else in a deep Western Conference. You can retain some of those role players if Anthony takes less money.

Chicago can’t get to a max, but they can get to a good number if they amnesty Carlos Boozer (which is expected to happen anyway), trade Mike Dunleavy for a pick and maybe Jimmy Butler as well. To really get to the highest numbers would require trading Taj Gibson, but that blows the plan — Carmelo with Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson up front in a rotation, led by Derrick Rose at the point. There ‘Melo is betting on Rose’s knee.

Both of those teams could talk sign-and-trade with the Knicks as well. The Bulls have the 16 and 19 picks in the upcoming draft, for a rebuilding Knicks team young players like that matter, and it could help with the cap issues. There are ways to get a deal done.

The bottom line for Anthony remains what PBT has talked about from the start:

If Anthony is willing to take a healthy pay cut, down will below $20 million a year, and is willing to not be “the man” on another team, he has real options to be on a contender next year.

If the money, being in New York, and more importantly having a team built around him is what matters most, he stays. The question is what does he really want? It sounds more and more like he wants to try to win elsewhere, but the Knicks are in the mix. We will find out in less than a month.

  1. csbanter - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    This coming from the same people that thought Steve Kerr was a given to be next coach. Melo run fast and leave this dump before you become Dominique Wilkins in NBA lore. Great Scorer Hall of Famer, but no rings, and no memories other than being a scorer.

  2. Nadeem - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    It will be fun when he misses the HOF while his peers from draft class are all enshrined.

  3. cantonb0und13 - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Knicks thought they had a great meeting with LeBron in 2010. Turned out to be the opposite, expect the same with Melo. Houston is currently the favorites for Melo.

  4. luz56 - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Imagine CA in Houston… Howard and Anthony= Kobe and Howard all over again.. Love to see it happen all over again

  5. cluelessdufus - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    If I were a Knicks fan, I would want him gone. I understand he is a great scorer and considered by many a All-Star, he seems more of a headache. I don’t see him working well with a second all-star. I’m not gonna say he is a bad teammate, but I think he needs to consider his situation before being serious about winning.

    • trueballs - Jun 15, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      No, players like Carmelo don’t come around often. He’s a legit superstar. His three point shooting has improved and he has shown willingness to pass, but his teammates really sucked this year. And believe or not, he had some promising moments defensively this season. But when you’re the only offensive option, you can’t exert that much energy on D. J.R didn’t really come around until the end of the season when it was too late. Actually your entire post is what I’d write about J.R.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 15, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      You don’t see it because you are blind.

      Or were not watching the Olympics or All-Star games.

      He has had no all-star level teammates other than the couple of years or so that he was with Iverson.

      • mackcarrington - Jun 15, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        I don’t see how you relate the Olympics and All-Star games to regular season play.
        He knows going into those games that it’s only temporary, and that it’s not all about him being the “man”.
        Those games are not where he earns his money. Besides, no one plays defense in all-star games, and olympic teams ( besides the U.S.) don’t have a roster full of NBA caliber players.

  6. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    I’m sure howard would just love to have to cover on D for Harden AND LaLa.
    He gets upset if he doesn’t get enough touches-he’d be lucky to see the ball after the opening tip.
    And blowing up the whole team to get one guy works if the one guy is LBJ. LaLa definitely isn’t LBJ.
    In short…Houston, PLEASE do everything you can to sign LaLa.

    Thank you,

    The rest of the Western Conference

  7. emaney477 - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Hey Cantonbound,
    Don’t be dumb, that was lebrons people that said that meeting went well. And they only said that do he could build ratings for “the decision”. If NYers thought they had no shot at Lebron, then the same ratings would not have been there. And to be honest, only a knick hater would say they don’t have a shot at fixing things. This next year will be rough, but the following year we will be back under the cap. And also have some trade able assets again.

  8. stadix093 - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    I want him to go to Houston so bad. With his defense combined with Hardens defense, every game will end 139-140.

  9. isaiah007 - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    All a ain’t moving to Houston Texas!!! Haha, no way!! Lakers have no interest and they’ve been very consistent with that going back to not wanting to trade for him. Miami isn’t gong to take those drastic steps, so my money is Chi-town or he stays

  10. sportsfan18 - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Do you think the Knicks regret taking him to Chuck E Cheese instead of Gatti’s for their presentation?

  11. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 15, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    FINALLY someone with some sense regarding this Chicago nonsense.

  12. mackcarrington - Jun 15, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    A “good meeting” must mean that the legs on the table and chairs didn’t collapse.
    The Lakers had a “good meeting” with Dwight Howard, too.
    Phil Jackson has gotten results in the past as a coach, but he also blows a lot of smoke.

  13. jollyjoker2 - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    What NY’s see In this guy is beyond me.

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