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Carmelo Anthony tour moves to Los Angeles as increasingly teams think he stays in New York

Jul 3, 2014, 8:21 AM EST

Chicago made its pitch first, and if Carmelo Anthony was going to take a pay cut and leave New York to go somewhere the Bulls are the logical frontrunner — they are already on the cusp of contending just needing more scoring, they have the defensive system Anthony needs around him to win, it’s still a major market, and it’s a team with a good history (thanks to that Jordan guy).

Yet Chicago started to ramp up its pursuit of its second targets (Pau Gasol for one) right after Anthony left and there are whispers of pessimism from them, as reported by Ian Begley at ESPNNewYork.com.

“They’re worried that he’s headed back to New York,” a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking said of early Tuesday morning. “They’re more pessimistic than optimistic.”

The source wasn’t speaking for the entire Chicago front office, just a small segment. So there is reason to believe that not all members of the team’s hierarchy shared this opinion.

If Chicago is pessimistic, then where does that leave Houston and Dallas? Those two teams made their pitches on Wednesday and both can make the case that, like Chicago, with Anthony on board they are instant contenders. But if Anthony is leaving New York for a shot at a title is he going to leave the Eastern Conference to go to the West and the loaded side of the bracket with the Spurs, Thunder, Clippers, Warriors, Trail Blazers, Grizzlies and more?

Thursday the Lakers will make their case. They will sell Los Angeles (where Anthony lives in the off-season), the most recognizable brand in basketball, and Kobe Bryant will be at the meeting. But the Lakers are not only in the Western Conference they are farther away from winning than the Rockets and Mavericks and would need to add pieces around ‘Melo and Kobe to be a serious threat. That likely doesn’t happen overnight.

More and more the sense around the league seems to be that Anthony is going to give Phil Jackson a chance in New York.

Nobody knows exactly what Anthony is thinking. It’s a decision he and his family need to make over the coming days (Anthony has been ribbed on talk radio for the influence that his wife Lala may have here, but you try and make a decision about how much money you’ll make and where you’ll live without involving your wife and see how that goes). He could choose Chicago. There is a lesser chance but maybe James Harden and Dwight Howard were convincing in Houston, Mark Cuban was in Dallas.

But more and more it seems Anthony is in a New York state of mind.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    I wish I could get free meals and basically free vacation trips!!!!

    • hwatt - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      when you have the ability to bring in tens of millions of dollars for other people, it comes with the territory

  2. omniusprime - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    The last thing the Lakers need is this worthless piece of overpriced garbage that is Carmelo Anthony. He’s already over the hill and he’s proven he has no loyalty except to the almighty dollar. Carmelo has always been and will always be a loser and a whiner. Lakers are much better off retaining Gasol and finding a real good center to help him out in the front court. I hope he stays in New York and keeps the Snickerbockers as perennial losers.

    • mnew90 - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      Lol a loser that won the NCAA title his freshman year? Over the hill player who just had his best statistical year and his second best the year before that? Disloyal player who wanted to bring glory to his HOMETOWN and birthplace, and who is probably going back there because he doesn’t want to give up on it even though there are teams that are stronger today who would kill for his services? You are a dunce

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      “Carmelo has always been and will always be a loser and a whiner.”

      No wonder that peabrain Cantonbound likes him.

      • rushbacker - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        Dude. Your obsession with that guy is getting REALLY creepy.

  3. whalesarenotmammals - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    If he’s interested in winning an NBA Championship then he will sign with Bulls, Lakers, Heat, etc. The Knicks, with or without him, are not designed to win an NBA Championship anytime soon. If he stays in NY then it will be for reasons other than winning an NBA Championship.

    • bucrightoff - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      If he wants a ring the Lakers are one of the worst choices. Old team with no depth + very, very difficult conference = fighting for a playoff spot, not a ring.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      The Bulls have no depth. The Heat are going to become a D-League team when James leaves (possibly this summer) and the Lakers literally have no one on their roster other than Kobe, this overrated Randle and a couple of spare parts.

      People act like the guys on the Knicks roster are bums, when all but Shumpert, Murry and Tyler have career averages in the double figures. Including the rook with a year under his belt.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        Amar’e is always hurt.
        Bargnani is bad defensively and has consistently shot 3-pointers at or below 31% the past 3 seasons.
        Calderon is terrible defensively.
        JR Smith is unreliable and erratic.
        Odom may not be a viable NBA player anymore.
        Hardaway Jr. is terrible defensively.
        Prigioni is old.
        Metta is probably washed up at this point.
        Etc.

  4. ausernamethatisavailable - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    His reputation will be set in stone as a volume scorer who is not concerned with winning if he stays in NY.

  5. aldavisfortytime - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    That headline is a total fail.

    “Carmelo Anthony tour moves to Los Angeles as increasingly teams think he stays in New York”

    What you mean to say is:

    “Carmel Anthony tour moves to Las Angeles as teams increasingly think he stays in New York.”

    The teams themselves aren’t increasing, the thinking that he says in New York is. But hey, maybe he’ll get trded. http://imgur.com/2QCbJN9

    • florida727 - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      You can comment on grammatical correctness as soon as you learn to spell Carmelo’s name and the city of Los Angeles the same way twice within a sentence of each other.

  6. timb12 - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Maybe he wants to be the guy to take NY over the top. There’s nothing wrong with loyalty. The same thing we killed Lebron for, we’re going to kill Melo for if he does the opposite. If he goes and teams up with superstars, that’s okay. But if he stays and tries to be THE GUY then he’s just about the money.

    • florida727 - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Haters are going to hate, right? All these guys that criticize players like LeBron or Carmelo would give their right arm to make that kind of money playing a game we hack around at every weekend. My only complaint about the amount of money they make is that it makes going to games unaffordable for a lot of fans and their families. Between TV rights, commercial airtime, concessions prices, parking costs, you need to refinance your mortgage to go to a handful of games every year.

  7. saint1997 - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    So rare to see loyalty in this NBA day and age

  8. robmar924 - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Bring him to Charlotte!

    http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-case-for-melo-to-the-hornets/

  9. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Keep trying to tell people, but they won’t listen…

  10. aldavis4president - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Carmelo needs to go the warriors!! Bogut melo Iggy Klay and Steph would be beast!! Every star seems to want to play with Steph curry. The warriors are a fun young team who are 1player (a bogut injury) away from contention. DO IT DUBS!!

  11. 76ersdoubletank - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    These whole “Carmelo only cares about winning if he signs outside of NYC” is bogus. Not in the factual sense, but more about why that really offends anyone. First of all, there are maybe 10 players in the NBA who care about winning first and foremost. Maybe less. Players are motivated by money, endorsements, markets, other players etc. So when fans want to get all worked up over that, it really is stupid. How about Kyle Lowry re-signing with Toronto? They have no chance of winning a title. He’d be better taking whatever OKC or Miami, or any other legit contender would pay him if that was his “first priority”. The list can go on and on.

    I think he ends up back in NYC. He probably has pressure from his family, and probably wants all the money he can get. It would be nice if winning was most important, and he would go to a team like Chicago, but that’s not how it works in Free Agency.

    • paleihe - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      I don’t know what Melo will do. But, if it was me, it’d be really hard to say no to 5 years, 100+ million dollars. Especially if other teams are offering 4 years 67-70 million.

      • mckaymatt - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        Great point. He isn’t guaranteed to win a title no matter where he signs (even though he could increase his chances).

        Getting paid is the only thing FA can guarantee, and as much as I like to sit on my computer and criticize athletes for going for the bucks, my salary decisions tend to involve a couple less 0’s at the end.

  12. jimeejohnson - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    “People act like the guys on the Knicks roster are bums”…

    It’s no act. They ARE bums, and the Knicks are a joke.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      Agreed. The Knicks last year failed to claim the 8th seed in the horribly weak Eastern Conference.
      That’s despite Carmelo Anthony having one of the best individual seasons of his career.

      That tells you how horrible the Knicks are. And no, adding Jose Calderon and Sam Dalembert to the roster isn’t going to be worth 10+ more wins this year, and neither will having Derrick Fisher as a head coach.

      • cruzan80 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        @casual

        What does that have to do with what this team will look like a year from now….?

        Melo said himself, he’s not making this decision based off what can be done next season…it’s what can be done in the next 3-5 seasons.

        The FACT of the matter is a year from now Amare & Bargnani will no longer be Knicks. They Knicks will have enough cap space to sign not one but two studs next summer to join Melo if he stays.

        What happened last season has little to nothing to do with what will happen in the near future.

  13. csbanter - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Melo is trying to squeeze every last dime out of the Knicks. This is a good strategy. With each day the dollar amount for the Knicks inch closer to the max, despite Phil’s wish not to give Melo this.

  14. rohlo - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    anthony needs to realize one thing!!! as long as dolan is the owner of the knicks they are gonna suck!! guy was already stepping on phil jacksons toes and he just doesnt know how to leave basketball buisness to the basketball people..he is the nba’s version of jerry jones!!! as logn as dolan is in the mix the knicks will always suck or underachieve!

  15. 76ersdoubletank - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    You sound bitter. Athletes are born with a rare skill set, they are simply really lucky induviduals. What’s wrong with people wishing? That in no way means they are leeching. Trollin’…..

  16. paleihe - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    It takes way more than just luck to become a professional athlete.

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