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Report: Carmelo Anthony wants to talk to Pau Gasol about playing together – with Knicks

Jul 3, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

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Kobe Bryant planned to join Carmelo Anthony’s meeting with the Lakers today.

But Kobe was just a little too slow.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

I think the Knicks really care about getting the last meeting. Melo doesn’t have to grant that, but it might be a little unbecoming – depending on what he’s assured New York – if he meets with Kobe afterward.

Whatever. Melo can play by his own rules. If Melo needs to justify it to himself, Kobe is not a team. He’s a friend.

However, if Kobe were going to tilt Melo toward the Lakers and away from the expected Knicks, the ripple effects might have been big. Now, Melo is trying to poach Kobe’s top teammate.

If he follows Melo to the Knicks, Gasol could get only the non-taxpayer exception – $10,276,530 over three years. He’s reportedly seeking a similar salary in single season.

Maybe Gasol really wants to reunite with Phil Jackson or play in the Big Apple, but the Knicks are still a borderline playoff team even with him.

That’s a tough sell for Melo to make.

But if he shows up to pitch Gasol on time, he’s at least doing better than Kobe.

  1. antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Kobe doesn’t want to scare Melo away with his muffin top.

    • spthegr8 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      ^^^ Lmao. That was pretty funny Anti. ^^^

    • kb2408 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      Hmmm, I guess LeBron and the rest of the Heat must have “muffin tops” too….they can’t seem to attract ANY free agents.

      • k3nn3k - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        Nope, just Kobe. Fat, old, teal swimming trunks, Kobe

      • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        They’re going to have a hard time attracting free agents when they’re not even signed with the Heat. Would you sign with Miami if you didn’t know if LeBron was going to be there?

      • kb2408 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        Pretty soon they’re going to run out of good free agents to sign. Deng ain’t going there. Neither is Ariza. But at least the Heat will still sign Ray Allen, Michael Beasley and Greg Oden. Wait a minute, those are the same players they had this past season!!

      • kinggw - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        Run out of free agents? To date only 5 teams have signed free agents. 3 other teams re-signed their own free agents. A total of 9 players are off the board. Free agency hasn’t really started yet.

        The Heat weren’t chasing Meeks, Miles, Martin, Thabo, Livingston or Collison. They’ll be fine.

  2. rrhoe - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Seems like his mind was/is already made up.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      tis always been that way…

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        If that’s really the case, that Melo always knew he was going to sign in New York (no matter what), – and that’s a big if!! – that would be pretty sad he needed the full “Dwight Howard” treatment just for kicks.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:41 PM

        its for ego… not kicks…

    • rrhoe - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:58 PM


      While I may not know alot but I do know a little,anything can happen,yes it can,but “MONEY TALKS” and BS walks,and 30 mil alot to leave on the table in what is more than likely his last big contract. All these players talk about winning in the later stages of their careers,how many times have we seen this play out where veteran players sign with a team to chase/get a ring,some able to pull it off while many aren’t. This whole Carmelo Anthony Dwight Howard treatment/FA tour was and what it is–BS…….to the highest degree……

      • bkbell3 - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:29 AM

        rrhoe, howard did leave 30mil on the table to walk to houston for a 4 year max contract when he could of resigned with the lakers at 5year max. Just saying

  3. sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Pau deserves a lot more money than that…

    • therealhtj - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      10 mil over 3 years. G’Luck getting him to take that.

  4. shadowgamesshades - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Pau joining the Knicks won’t make them a contender.

    • k3nn3k - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      It won’t make them worse.

    • jsala02 - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      they will still finish in the lottery

  5. brugis23 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Lol! Stupid lakers!

  6. saint1997 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Solid play from Melo, he can’t hurt by trying

  7. smoothaswilkes - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    This is probably the best thing that could have happened for the Lakers. They need to rebuild not reload. The situation would looks pretty similar post Kobe with a 32 year Melo taking up significant cap space. Get younger, faster, and wait until the young guns like Love, Durant, and Westbrook come on the market.

  8. provguard - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Pau, go to San Antonio or Dallas and play on a team that plays you concept of teamwork. Why go to N.Y. and stand by and watch Carmelo short all the time or stay with L.A. and do the same with Kobe.

    • rohlo - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      dallas sucks!!!!

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:43 PM

        the MADE the playoffs in the DEEP west… took the Spurs to 7 games…

        would have been 3rd in the east playoffs

  9. mcjon22 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Yeah, just like when he said Lebron was trying to talk Bosh into coming to Cleveland.

    I’m calling BS

  10. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    The Knicks could have the Top 5 players in the league and you would still have schmucks saying “they still won’t be contenders.”

    Told you all along Melo was never leaving. This was a week of paid vacations for him. Nothing more.

    • pudgalvin - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      Cause the Knicks are so deep, right? Maybe with Gasol they hit 39 wins and make the playoffs.

    • kinggw - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      Well they don’t and they won’t be contenders anytime soon. Whether Anthony returns or not, the Knicks are at best a second round out and just because they have a bunch of cap room next season doesn’t mean they are going to add superstars next summer that take them to the next level.

  11. kb2408 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Kobe being there or not wasn’t going to change anything. Melo ain’t giving up 30 million bucks and I don’t blame him. I’m sure today would not have been the first time Kobe would’ve spoken to Melo about joining the LAKERS. I think if Melo was 25 instead of 30 the LAKERS would have a better chance of getting him.

    • kinggw - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      Anthony wasn’t coming to the Lakers anyway. Money isn’t the issue and neither is his age. The Lakers simply aren’t that attractive to marquee free agents right now. Make all the excuses you want, the fact is the Lakers currently aren’t a destination for players that are looking to win now.

  12. bux1022 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Pau to NY is very likely for two reasons…Phil and Jose. Pau put up the best numbers of his career in the triangle. Oh ya, won two rings too! Caldo and him are boys from the Spanish national team. It could happen. And Melo was never going anywhere!

    Big apple biz!

    • shadowgamesshades - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      Knicks aren’t winning a ring anytime soon.

  13. cantonbound13 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    If we don’t get Pau this season, we’ll get Marc next season.

    • kinggw - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      The younger Gasol has already said he want to stay in Memphis. Try again.

      Having Phil Jackson in the fold won’t make free agents forget the Knicks are the Knicks.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        Saying it & actually signing are 2 different things. The Knicks will have a lot of money next season with Stodumire & Bargnani coming off the books.

      • kinggw - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        Whatever helps you sleep at night. Gasol isn’t leaving Memphis, LA isn’t leaving Portland for the Knicks and unless somehow Love gets traded to them, he isn’t coming either. The Knicks will be lucky to overpay for Rondo next summer. Even with Phil and some money to spend, the Knicks aren’t the place to be. Deal with it.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        You are a retard.

      • kinggw - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        And your a Knicks fan so I guess we’re in the same boat.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:03 AM

        How’s Riley doing in free agency? Kyle Lowry? Strike 1! Marvin Gortat? Strike 2! Trevor Ariza? Soon to be strike 3!

  14. cantonbound13 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Kobe’s flight was delayed because he was fighting with the airlines. They wanted to charge him for 2 seats.

  15. themanchine - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    S&T Shump and Bargnani for Gasol so Pau gets the $ he wants, Lakers get Shump and an expiring contract

  16. kingperk123 - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    If melo doesn’t get gasol to the Knicks then he going to the Lakers

  17. crazycane - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Allen Iverson is going to go down as having a better legacy than Carmelo. All he wants is money and that’s what drives him.

  18. drunkenjunk - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    This is the probably the best move for Melo and Pau. They have a way better chance of advancing together in the East. If Cleanthony Early ends up being any good this team could be top 4 in East with Pacers, Heat and Wiz.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      *will be.

    • jayhit - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:41 AM

      Bulls definitely in the top 4 homie you are tripping

  19. imakcds - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Kobe/Melo tandem would be dynamic.
    Pau I think would rather stay, Lakers can offer him 10 mil for 1 or 2 yrs.
    It’s VERY possible.

  20. sdlakerfan - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    RealGM reporting LAL offered Melo 97 mil for 4 yrs. As much as Kobe. The plot thickens…

  21. csbanter - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Melo is not about winning if he stays with Knicks. He’s in the prime of his career. Who are the Knicks going to get in 2015 ? Aldridge would be a nut to leave Damian Lillard. Kevin Love is tired of losing so why would he come to New York. Every other notable is tied up long term. Oh wait they will tell the kool-aid drinkers Kevin Durant is on their radar for 2016. Melo if you’re reading this take my advice and go to Chicago.

    • laidlowo - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      Is Marc Gasol a notable free agent? Because I can definitely see him signing in NYand being a Eastern Conference all star center.

  22. edbrowndesign - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Now I see why DRose wasn’t going to kiss his ars to come and play in Chi, it seems every time teams put on these big shows to lure it usually backfires and there left with pecker in hand.

  23. bux1022 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Knicks have made the playoffs four out of five years. When they won 54 games all the trolls were flapping their yaps like all you before the season started. That was two season ago. All the trolls didn’t think we would get picks in this years draft. What happened? We weren’t gonna get rid of fat Felton’s contract,what happened? Phil has been nothing short of great in his first few months. So trolls…. Find your bridge and stay their!

  24. bux1022 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    D rose is the new grant hill no one wants to play with him!

  25. lakerade - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:32 AM

    For Pau the money’s not right but playing time and style certainly would be. For Melo, just please not Lakers.

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