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Reports: Lakers, Knicks both told Carmelo Anthony they’d offer him a max contract in latest free agent meetings

Jul 3, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony‘s free agent tour has concluded for the moment, and after stops in Chicago, Houston, Dallas and Los Angeles, he’ll reportedly take the holiday weekend to consider his options before making a decision.

It’s been well-documented that Anthony would need to leave more than $30 million on the table to sign a deal somewhere other than New York, assuming that the Knicks would offer him a max contract to re-sign. What wasn’t clear was the exact amount other teams may be willing or able to scrape together in order to entice Anthony to leave — but we now know that at least two clubs are willing to offer him the max contract he’ll likely require.

From Chris Broussard of ESPN.com:

Source: Knicks told Melo tonight that he can have max contract. Privately, they have told him this all along. Reiterated it tonight.

And from Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com:

Lakers made it clear to Melo today they’d offer the maximum, 4-yr, $97mil contract they can, if he chose them.

The contract offers being reported honestly don’t change much. The Knicks were believed to be willing to pay Anthony the max all along, despite Phil Jackson nudging him to agree to sign for less, and the Lakers would have to come with a full max offer to even be considered given the state of the team, which offers more questions than answers. Remember, there’s no head coach currently in place there, and to say that the roster is in a fair amount of flux would be quite the understatement, given the fact that so few players are under guaranteed contracts for next season or beyond.

The Bulls provide Anthony with the best chance to win now, but won’t be able to clear enough cap space to get to that full max deal that the Lakers have to offer without sacrificing a key pice (like Taj Gibson), which might make Anthony change his mind about coming in the first place.

The Knicks and the Bulls remain the favorites to land Anthony’s services. But if a change of scenery to play in a big market while sacrificing the least amount of money possible to do so is of interest, then the Lakers — and their unique ability to offer a four-year max contract — may at that point be considered a realistic destination.

  1. hartdaddy - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    People killing Melo clearly aren’t aware that these numbers are what the teams are offering.

    People killing NY & LA clearly aren’t aware that these are only offers, that are for some reason made public. Pretty good entertainment watching NY & LA flex their muscle.

    Still no endgame as Anthony hasn’t signed anywhere yet, the only news that matters to me as a Knick fan is just that, when he ACTUALLY signs & for what, I learned after the Lebron to NY nonsense years ago.

    • moseskkim - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      Author mentioned “state lakers are in” hmm id rather have randle kobe etc than jr smith amare bargs etc.. At least lakers have a clean slate and arent stuck with trash players

      • cruzan80 - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        @moseskim

        Right, because just like the young & healthy Kobe Bryant…the Knicks are stuck with Amare & Bargnani for the next 3 years since they both signed extensions last season…right???? It’s too bad their not entering the final year if their contracts huh? Then the Knicks would’ve had tons of cap space NEXT season.

        The Lakers aren’t in a state at all! Kobe loves their new owner, their coach is proven winner, Randle is sure hall of famer & players are ALWAYS getting line to play with one if the most unselfish players in NBA the “black Mamba” himself.

        Why chose those two prolific losers Phil Jackson & Derrick Fisher over a that awesomeness in L.A.?????

    • chicagosports2014 - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:02 AM

      Melo would make so much off the court in “Chicago” it would be just like signing a max contract.

      👍

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:20 AM

        As if he doesn’t already in New York.

        You people are astounding.

      • chicagosports2014 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:06 AM

        Melo shoes not selling out in NY.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:37 AM

        Who cares about sneakers? That ain’t no real money. He has TV MONEY.

  2. marcusfitzhugh - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Money talks.

  3. scorp16 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Sun Sentinel just confirmed that Riley and Spo are in LA meeting with FA’s. Don’t think Melo’s free agent tour has concluded just yet.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      Riles is there working on a movie to show to Bron…

    • cantonbound13 - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:00 AM

      How did Riley do in his persuit of Kyle Lowry or Gortat? FYI he’s meeting with Trevor Ariza, another free agent likely to turn him down.

      • onlyavoice - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        Riley never pursued either, it was the press that built the hype.

  4. luz56 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    I’m going to go and work for a company that promises the world ..offers truckloads of cash but has no boss and next to no employees….

    • lhollis74 - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      Yes, and also that has been to the top more times than all but one franchise. Also, since the last time they were champs only 3 other teams have done it.

  5. soundsofsuccess7 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    I think there’s no way he goes anywhere other than LA or Chicago.

    • skins26portis - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:41 AM

      Mello will take the most money and you can take that to the bank. So LA fans you won’t be getting Mello because its always about the money.

    • marcusfitzhugh - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:06 AM

      Chicago? Have you been paying ANY attention? Just yesterday, PBT reported that Chicago offered Melo $16M per season for 4 years. Since math just may not be your specialty, the $97M that the Lakers just offered is an average of $24.25M a year for 4 years. Thats over 50% more per season than Chicago. Why did the Bulls even ask Melo to stop by?

      As long as they’re tossing low ball offers out there, why not offer LBJ $16M per to come to Chicago? What are the odds LBJ will take it? None huh? And don’t even think about what NY offered – $129M over five. Averaging $25.8M a year. Or thought of another way – Nine point eight MILLION per year MORE than Chicago offered. Yes, that IS 61% per year MORE. Man, get some money or get out of line.

      • edj88 - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:02 AM

        That’s a false report they never talked money during their meeting

  6. bux1022 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    He isn’t leaving NY. I HAVE NO CLUE WHY THE TROLLS HAVENT FIGURED THAT OUT YET!

    • skins26portis - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:42 AM

      Mello always wanted to test the free agent market since he has been in the NBA. Now Mello is done getting the royal treatment he will be taking his max deal with the Knicks.

  7. lakerade - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Take more money, please.

  8. billiam55 - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    if he really cared about the knick, like he says he does, hed stay. and maybe take a paycut so they can build around him.
    but as usual its always about the money and the player and never the team.

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