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Carmelo Anthony decision could come Monday, at least expected early in week

Jul 7, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony said from the start he had a timeline: Meet with teams the first days of free agency, think through his options over the long holiday weekend, then make his decision.

Well, he flew around the country and met with teams, now we’re through the long holiday weekend, so…

The buzz around the league is to expect word on Monday. Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports is a little more vague gut sees an answer soon.

The decision appears to be down to the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers can offer a max contract of four years, $97 million dollars. Anthony would get to play with Kobe Bryant (and possibly Pau Gasol), plus the Lakers’ pitch played up the off-the-court Hollywood opportunities he would get. Anthony spends his off-seasons in Los Angeles already.

The Knicks can offer more money and one more year — five years, $129 million — and the pitch is that Phil Jackson is going to turn around the organization with his vision. And Anthony likes that vision. Plus he loves living in New York.

The Bulls, Rockets and Mavericks also all made pitches but seem to have not caught Anthony’s eye. All three have started to make moves to go after other targets more aggressively, a sign they know how the Anthony movie ends for them.

Anthony choosing a team would be the first of two moves needed to break open the bottleneck that has slowed free agency. The other is LeBron James, who is expected to meet with Heat president Pat Riley the first part of this week and make a decision one way or another on his future in Miami. Once those two decide a lot of things will likely start to happen fairly quickly around the league.

  1. saint1997 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Heard a very interesting outlook on this whole ‘leaving money on the table business’. I mean I still think that Melo should stay in NY, but the point is it may actually be more beneficial for Melo to take a 4 year max. The next CBA will be much more lucrative for the players, and he may actually gain more money being able to sign the higher max money at the next contract negotiations.

    • rrhoe - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      True,but he’ll also be 4 yrs older…..

    • chicagosports2014 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      Can’t wait to start my Carmelo shoe collection


      • sportsfan18 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        me either Chicago…

        i mean it’s like the shoes were designed and put together just by taking a bunch of wild, random shots from all over and only a few were good… but that’s how Melo operates on the court so they went with it…

        i mean orange and blue? together? no one would ever do that…

    • pudgalvin - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      Yeah, how many 34 year olds are getting max deals? Kobe got a thank you max deal, that’s about it. I think anyway you look at it, if he leaves New York he’s leaving money on the table.

  2. rrhoe - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Hey,Foosball is getting closer!!!!

  3. loungefly74 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    heard on the radio if he signs the max with NY, it will be for $900,000 less than what it would have been if he just exercised his original contract. …and then a year later, with probably more $$$ available, sign the max in 2015. he is losing out on serious cash. yeah, bad move by Melo IF he doesnt switch teams. ya think his mananger told him this outcome…or maybe he did tell him! hmmm.

    • getlow81 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      $900,000 less for THIS SEASON yes. But he’d get the $129 million over the next 5 years as well, if he chooses to do so and take the max.

      It’s not even a remotely bad move. He’s 30 and this is quite possibly his last long-term huge contract. Wouldn’t you rather look over your options and guarantee yourself a boatload of more money and lose out on a measly 900k?!

      • loungefly74 - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        i see your point but “the radio” also said a bigger deal (more than 5/129million) would be there in 2015…maybe something like 5/140 mil? that is what the story was trying to say as well…pretty much saying Melo has a big pay day coming no matter what. but hey, i’d be cool with 129 mil!

  4. 76ersdoubletank - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    So it sounds like Melo is looking for a place he’s personally comfortable with, as in lifestyle. Nothing wrong with that in my book, but obviously if he brings up the “chasing championship” cliche, it won’t hold much weight signing with LA or NY. The Knicks haven’t competed in ages, and even if they bring in Durant or Love next year, pairing either one with Melo certainly does not make them no doubt championship contenders, as defense would be a huge issue. LA is a huge question mark with Bryant, becuase if he can’t play anymore, it may turn into “the Melo show 2.0,” aka last year in New York.

    Chicago would be the best fit in the short term. I don’t know if I would sacrifice money to go there, but Chicago needs a player who can score, and Melo would be able to play his game there. Anywhere else will ask him to play more D, which isn’t his strongsuit.

    Honestly, Chicago, Atlanta and Charlotte are all the best fits if money isn’t an option. NY and LA would be the worst fits both in the short term and possibly the long term.

  5. chiadam - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    If a team has to include movie role possibilities in their recruiting pitch, that may not be a player you want to pay $97,000,000.

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