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Report: Sense around the league is that Carmelo Anthony is likely to choose between Knicks and Lakers

Jul 6, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

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When free agency began just six days ago, there were two teams that were believed to be the most likely to end up securing the services of Carmelo Anthony.

New York is where Anthony has played the last three-and-a-half seasons, and can offer him the most money on a five-year deal worth $129 million. Chicago would appear to be his best chance to play for a contender immediately should he choose to leave, but could only offer him a four-year deal for less than the max, and would still need to shed salary to do so.

Now that the meetings have been had and his decision is all that awaits, it’s still being reported as one that Anthony will make between two teams — but the Lakers have overtaken the Bulls as Anthony’s most likely non-Knicks destination.


There was a growing sense circulating through the league Sunday that Anthony is likely to choose between the Knicks and the Lakers, who are the only two teams that can offer him max money without needing to make roster moves first. New York can offer him a five-year deal worth $129 million, while Los Angeles can offer a four-year deal valued at $97 million.

But sources close to the situation told’s Marc Stein said that, as of 6 p.m. Sunday, Anthony had not formally notified any of his suitors that they are out of contention. The 30-year-old had sitdowns this week with Chicago, Houston and Dallas before meetings with both the Lakers and Knicks on Thursday in L.A. Anthony then retreated from the spotlight to take the holiday weekend to make his decision.

The Lakers, with their strong Hollywood ties and their ability to offer the max deal that the Bulls cannot have apparently jumped to the top of Anthony’s list.

None of that solves the problem of playing for a title contender anytime soon, but should Kobe Bryant be able to return to somewhere close to his pre-injury form, and should Anthony’s potential arrival cause the team to have an easier time re-signing Pau Gasol, that’s not an entirely bad place to start.

Anthony could make his decision as early as Monday, which would set off plenty of action in free agency by the teams who missed out on one of the two biggest names available this summer.

  1. eshine76 - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    You can’t spell La La without LA.

    • milimpilim - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      happy wife = happy life

      • BrownsTown - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        Huge diamond rings = mulligans

        – Kobe

      • scoochpooch - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        They’ll be divorced soon after Caramello retires and she’ll be angling for her own reality show or join the cast of Basketball Gold diggers, err Wives.

    • infieldhit - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      That’s good! So are you excited to start kindergarten this fall?

      • eshine76 - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        I write all of my own material. Got a gig at KinderCare Wednesday before nap time. My Elmo bit brings the house down every time.

    • kb2408 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      I said that yesterday…you stole my material!!

      • ahash1 - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:57 AM

        true.. honest witness here !

  2. fnc111 - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    He’s going to sign with the lakers. Then L.A. will trade for Kevin Love.

    Nash, Kobe, Love, Melo, Pau starting five would be top of the line for a year IF all of them stayed healthy. Not much of a bench to speak of but that’s what you get when your starting five are L.A. Greed monsters.

    • ringjames - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      You are going to be very disappointed by the end of next week.

    • Hard On For Harden - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      And what exactly does LA send to Minny, Sacre and a first round pick? I’m sure Flip Saunders is salivating at that offer.

      • jcthree3303 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        LOL. Ur right. Of that starting 5 minus Love who isnt going there in a sign and trade…Gasol, Nash, and Kobe have played a combined 71 games last year. Good luck betting on those 3.

    • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      Maybe they can get LeBron too

    • muathjam21 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      And it wouldn’t even be a 2015 first rounder. The Lakers don’t have any picks in 2015. They also don’t have a 2017 first round pick.

    • harshedmellow - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      Trade WHO for Kevin Love?!

    • kb2408 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      Actually, the more realistic option is Love signs with the LAKERS after next season as a free agent.

    • zerole00 - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:30 AM

      Did you just include Nash in a starting 5? Seriously? He has played what, less than 40 games in the last 2 years? Time wasn’t on his side, and now his body is even older.

    • jvw1982 - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      Not bad and don’t forget a young Randall off the bench, but you better fill out the roster with guys who can play some D

    • bougin89 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Yeah! Well no…

  3. smoothaswilkes - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    So nothing has changed since Thursday? Duh.

  4. unfrozencavemanlawyer2 - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    I have zero issue with any athlete taking as much money as they can get. They have short careers and usually poor education. He’d never make anything comparable doing anything else (neither would most of us). Take the 5/129 and set your heirs up for the next 2-3 generations. But- don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining. Don’t tell me you care about winning and then sign with the Knicks or Lakers because they can offer the max. Melo has 2-3 years left before he begins the inevitable decline that usually sets in at the age of 32. Meaning his ability to be a major contributor to a championship team will be over well before his max deal has expired. Houston was the obvious choice. Chicago is not a bad if Rose can stay healthy(the East is a god awful conference). Anything else is just a money grab- which is okay- I’d grab the cash too- but don’t lie about it.

  5. cantonb0und13 - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    60% stays with Knicks. 30% goes to LA. 10% dark horse team.

  6. thomaskouns - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    If I were a ‘long term’ ‘big picture’ Knicks fan I’d hope he goes to LA.

    At 30 he’s on the decline, the Knicks won’t make the playoffs anyway & they’ll get higher draft picks & the cap room to sign younger players.

    • doctorbluff - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      What are these “draft picks” of which you speak?

      • zoomy123 - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        Exactly, Phoenix has LA’s first round pick, which is top 5 protected, from the Steve Nash deal.

    • mogogo1 - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      My question continues to be what Phil Jackson’s long term big picture is for the Knicks. I thought when they didn’t immediately give him the max that it was Phil’s way of telling Melo goodbye.

      I actually like Melo as a player but I struggle to imagine him in the triangle and I know he’s never going to be a tough defender while most all Phil’s championship teams relied on the stars to also defend. I don’t really see where they’re headed by keeping Melo. They will have changed the coach and reshuffled some players but much of the core will be the same.

  7. earpaniac - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    I have no problems when guys get all the money they can. Who wouldn’t? The problem I have is when they say it’s not about the money, they want to win championships, and then they possibly sign with one of 2 teams who offer a max contract. And, just happen to be the 2 teams farthest from a championship of the teams who recruited them. Take the money, just don’t lie and insult people’s intelligence.

  8. sellahh - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Please let it not be the Lakers. 4 year treadmill if he gets there.

  9. jayhit - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Horrible… aging Kobe and Nash…. and who is the Lakers coach??? What is he thinking…. Should be Bulls or Knicks.

    Bulls solid team even with out Rose but if you have a health Rose and Anthony with Tibs coaching everyone up clear favorites in the east.

    Knicks give them a year to shed some contracts with Jackson ready to turn it around could have something special in a year or two.

    Lakers Kobe eating up 24M a year, Nash on books for 9.5M this year. No bench. No coach. In a worse boat then the knicks. Howard walked away from that mess for a reason. Would be hilarious to watch two ball hogs like Kobe and Melo needing 16 shots a piece a game to be happy…. Just a mess

    Championship shot now =Bulls, Money and hopefully a chance in the near future= Knicks, Old knicks situation 3 to 4 wasted years in your prime playing in Kobes shadow= Lakers

    • jerze2387 - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      I’d venture to say rose is more of a deterrent than a reason to come to chicago. Noah is the guy who tried to recruit melo. Rose most likely either didn’t try (which why would he come here when the “star player” can’t be bothered to greet him) or he did show and melo saw the kid has no heart or desire to really win. Either way, if I were the bulls, I’d go after Isaiah Thomas or another pg at a mid level price, amnesty boozer, trade rose, then bring in melo and Lebron together and say if you want a title, here’s your chance.

      My guess is rose killed the bulls chances more than anything. Thanks again for sabatoging your own team with your moping, Derrick

      • casualcommenter - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:02 PM

        Rose reportedly worked out for Carmelo to help demonstrate that he’s healthy and help recruit him to join.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:53 PM

        yes he did casual…

        but it didn’t go according to plan…

        D Rose was wearing a #7 Bulls jersey that said “LOVE” on the back during the workout.

        Oh, the workout only lasted for 3 min’s and there was a 75 second halftime in there too…

        oh, he fell down twice during the workout too… (intentionally of course).

        To watch the workout, they took Melo up to the very top row… so he couldn’t see the rims had been lowered to 8 feet so D Rose looked forceful while throwing his only dunk down… well he did only one dunk… got it on only his 3rd try too… they lowered the rims because it was his FIRST workout on the gym floor as he’d been working out in the therapy pool up til the day before…

        to show Melo how quick he was, they brought in the statue of MJ from outside… and D Rose did manage to get around it… once out of 5 tries…

  10. campcouch - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    And then Kobe retires, leaving Melo with Julius Randle (who may be real or just another big body), Robert Sacre and a older Pau Gasol. The recruitment process starts over again and then they hope that a younger superstar player will want to play with the older Carmelo. The cycle of free agent life in the NBA.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      Correct, though the story is the same with the Knicks.

      Once Amar’e and Bargnani come off the books, the Knicks will have a ton of cap space, but in terms of established talent on the roster, it’ll just be Carmelo, Shumpert, and Hardaway Jr.

      That’s nice, but nowhere near a championship contender unless they recruit at least 1 All-Star if not 2. So for Carmelo, it’s all about deciding who he trusts to recruit talent more, the Lakers with Mitch or the Knicks with Phil.

      • mogogo1 - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        With the edge probably being with Phil in terms of long-term job security. I wouldn’t be that surprised to see Kupchak out of LA in a year or two. Blaming him for all the miscues seems like something the young Buss would do. Dolan is also a terrible owner, but Phil was his hand-picked guy whereas Buss inherited Kupchak and frequently seems to want to distance himself from his father’s decisions.

  11. casualcommenter - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Media reports that Carmelo Anthony prefers the Lakers and Knicks yesterday.

    Media then reports that there’s a growing sense around the league today that Carmelo Anthony prefers the Lakers and Knicks.

    It’s almost as if people around the league read those initial media reports about Anthony preferring the Lakers and Knicks yesterday and are now basically repeating today what they heard from the media…

    • casualcommenter - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      The “echo chamber” of the media this free agency period is really incredible to behold.

      Media reports a story one day, then asks “league insiders” the next day if they heard about the story.

      When the insiders confirm they heard that story, the media then publishes a NEW “report” that appears to be new information at first but in reality is just the same news being echoed back.

      Voila. Two stories for the price of one.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:16 PM


      2 for 1… but that’s GREAT VALUE…

      • katra2logic - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:12 AM

        You only pay for the extra shipping and handling…

  12. timb12 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I can’t get enough of these speculation stories!

  13. antistratfordian - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    I’ll believe he’ll go to LA when he signs with LA. He’ll probably pull a Genesis and be Back in N.Y.C by the end of the week.

  14. sportsfan18 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Somebody pinch me… oh happy days!!!

    I’ve bored ya’ll to tears but I’ve said so many times on here over the past couple of months that if Melo doesn’t stay with the Knicks then I hope he goes to the Lakers…

    Whichever fan base WANTS to win better hope he signs with the other team in this two man race…

    Thank God he won’t end up ruining the Bulls…

    Hell, now, like so many of these announcements come out of left field, he’ll be a Bull in like 36 hrs…


  15. chicagosports2014 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Guess we will see

  16. fnc111 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    You dolts realize the league is rigged, right? What did Memphis get for Pau six years ago? Nothing. The league thrives with the lakers being good. Minny is a joke and means nothing. That’s why Love wants out. Three team trade takes care of everything. If he can’t get traded to L.A. he will sign there as a FA someday. You fools.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      rigged you say?

      then WHY didn’t the Lakers GET Chris Paul?

    • unpossibleproductions - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      I wouldn’t say getting Marc Gasol back in the trade to be nothing but that’s just me.

    • steve63x - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:20 AM

      The Grizzlies got Marc Gasol, the cap space to sign Zach Randolph, and a pick was used to draft Grevis Vasquez.

      So… Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, and Grevis Vasquez for Pau Gasol. That’s a lot more than nothing

    • campcouch - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:00 AM

      Wow,I was called a dolt and a fool and I didn’t even throw a firecracker at my cat this weekend.

    • bougin89 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      The next time you comment something that is either informative or smart will be the first time.

  17. csbanter - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Chris Broussard sources report Lebron shidded a milk shake on his way to Miami thus making it impossible to re-sign

  18. harshedmellow - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    I’m not a Melo hater, but he’s a bit of a black hole for the ball. Chitown is just a ridiculously perfect fit for him BBall wise.

    But I AM a card-carrying Laker hater. Oh Lord, hear my prayer: have him sign with the Lakers. Amen.

    Kobe in full decline with Melo jacking shots would be just awesome.

    • kb2408 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      You’re one of those numbskulls I was referring to.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      I’m with you mellow…

      Kobe AND Melo at this time in Kobe’s career?

      Just think, two yrs from now, when Kobe’s $48.5 million deal is over, Melo will be entering his 14th NBA season.

      That sounds like a great way to lift the Lakers franchise back to the heights they achieved under Dr. Buss (sincere hat tip to Dr. Buss – I never said a bad word about him Laker homers – much respect to Dr. Buss).

      Maybe he could play half the season for the Lakers and half the season for the Knicks…

      No need to worry about the playoffs though as neither will be in them this coming season…

  19. kb2408 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Do some of you numbskulls realize that even if Melo signs with the LAKERS they will still have money to spend in 2015-16? There is a certain power forward in Minnesota that can be an UNrestricted free agent at that time. Coincidence? I think not. The LAKERS are all about titles, they realize that Kobe, Melo and Randle wont win a title. There are other plans to follow. All that being said, I’d still be mildly surprised if Melo leaves New York.

    • muathjam21 - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:24 AM

      and if Love is traded before then, what happens? Lol.

      • tsi431 - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:18 AM

        Then he will STILL be an unrestricted free agent next year. No change.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM


      Kobe will demand, insist that he plays one more season… something about scoring more points or a 6th ring or whatever else is on his mind then…

      No worries, just like he gave the team a discount this past time (he did too, just not much of one) he’ll give the team a discount again.

      This time he’ll drop all the way down to the low low price of just $20 million (that’s only 5 rings for Vanessa as he bought her that $4 million dollar bauble after he took a Rocky Mtn vacation a few yrs back)….

      What about that money you were speaking of in 15/16 again?

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      “The Lakers are all about titles…”

      So last year was make believe and really didn’t count.

  20. steve63x - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    La La Anthony: The Decision Maker

  21. leogatlin - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:12 AM

    Lakers and Melo

  22. omniusprime - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Please let it be the knickerbockers who end up having to put up with this over the hill piece of garbage that is always whining and has proven he’s no winner. The last thing the Lakers need is another elderly player, we already have trash nash and Kobe hardly playing because they’re too old and decrepit. A shame we can’t land a great point guard like Kyrie Irving, or a great center. Looks like another season of losing as we watch Kobe be a mere shadow of his former self.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      Compared to some other Lakers fans: you are NOT delusional. Good show!

  23. bknowledge - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    ? Can Melo sign a big deal with one of these teams that can’t quite offer the max….with a player option opt out after 1 year? Like 4 years with Houston or Chicago for 15 mil a year with an opt out after 1 year so he can opt out next summer and re-sign then for a five year full max? Could he do the same with the Knicks?

    It would be a way for him to have a guarantee of a lot of money…while only taking less for 1 year?

    It might not cost him any career money if he could do this….taking a lower salary now for 1 year…but getting an extra year of near max money…

    I don’t know the collective bargaining rules on this issue….

  24. jimeejohnson - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    If he wants to win he’ll go to L.A. If he wants to lose he’ll stay in NY.

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