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Report: Carmelo Anthony to choose New York; agent denies

Jul 9, 2014, 4:05 PM EDT

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It was New York and the extra $30 million (plus trusting Phil Jackson) or Los Angeles and the Lakers brand and Kobe Bryant.

This isn’t official but it seems to be New York won out, as reported by Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

A person close to Anthony told The News on Wednesday that barring a last minute change of heart Anthony will re-sign with the Knicks after “agonizing over this” for the past week.

“He is really torn because this is the biggest decision of his career. But he wants to get it done in New York. He told me he believes in Phil,”said the friend who was with Anthony before Anthony’s scheduled workout with Kevin Durant and Kevin Love in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Other sources have yet to confirm this — the teams have yet to be told anything and his agent is denying the report — this is based on one report, albeit from a well-connected reporter. If you’re a Lakers’ fan that can’t let the dream die go ahead and hold out hope. But brace for the worst.

In the end it was all about the money… although if he’s not happy in a couple of years he can force his way out, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

He adds that Anthony’s dream of teaming up with LeBron was never realistic — the numbers didn’t work out well anywhere with them both getting the max, plus they weren’t talking.

With Anthony in the fold Phil Jackson is said to be targeting Pau Gasol to come to New York and join him. Gasol has plenty of options with the Bulls, Spurs and Thunder having all made big pitches to him. Those teams can all offer more than Gasol, but he is also an urbane, Barcelona-raised person who is more likely to choose a big city over small.

The Houston Rockets, already had moved on from Anthony and have made a max offer to Chris Bosh, who was a better fit for them. They are all waiting on LeBron James to make his decision.

For the Lakers, it’s back to waiting. The plan all along has been to land a superstar that will take over as the face of the franchise after Kobe retires in a few years. While many Lakers fans had talked themselves into Anthony for that role, players such as Kevin Love or potentially in a couple of years Kevin Durant would be better fits. (It’s too early to speculate on if Durant will even leave Oklahoma City, but Love is on his way out of Minnesota one way or another and has ties to L.A.) The Lakers’ plan has always been to get the star then figure out the system, the opposite of the Knicks’ plan with Phil Jackson.

  1. truninerfan49 - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Carmelo will never lead a team to a championship

    • djeter220 - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      Doesn’t mean he won’t be a part of a team that wins a championship

      • calkinsrob - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        I know one thing, it wont be the knicks in the next 2-3 years. I hope melo enjoys the money because winning obviously got the backseat on this decision.

      • sawick48 - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        if hes serious about staying with the knicks, it does

      • bringin1234 - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:28 PM

        If hes still in NY it means that very much so. Knicks wont win. Phil will build a contender, Dolan will meddle and they will never be more than a perennial playoff team that doesn’t make it all the way

      • ocgunslinger - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:13 PM

        It does unless he changes his game, shoots less and defends periodically.

      • djeter220 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:02 PM

        Your scouting report is pretty dated. Stop repeating things you heard about his game 3-4 years ago.

    • rohlo - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      carmelo the diva!!! he says “i want the dwight howard treatemnt”..why waste everyoones time parading around when you could have doen this a week ago!! idiot!! guy will neverwin a title in new ork! as long as dolan is owner it wont happen! dolan has already stepped on phils toes once! i predict phil will step down within the next 2 years…only way carmelo wins a title is if he is traded to a contender i nthe latter of his career as a role player!

    • lenbias34pt - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Mello is the best player in the league……..who has no idea ‘how to win’.

      Deron Williams and A’Mare are obvious candidates as well. Kevin Love is making his way onto the list as well.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      We’ll find out because Phil’s the truth, and I’ve wondered since he was young in Denver if the triangle would fit him. He’s an effortless scorer, and this will be his window to do it when Phil fills in the pieces over the next couple of years to get it done. I’ve got my money on him.

  2. fordmandalay - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    As a lifetime Laker fan, I’m delighted. This frees up the Lakers to go out and sign good YOUNG FAs for a decent price, and build a young team for the next decade. I hope Kupchak is smart enough to re-sign Pau, but he’s shown he’s not a very good GM.

    • DonKellyBaby - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Gasol leaves to play in NYC with Melo, Jackson, and Fisher. The Lakers will be in a panic and throw big money at a decent player.

      Kobe’s days as a top-tier player are done and the franchise should look towards building around Julius Randle.

      • musician0785 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        Can you give me an example where this happened with the Lakers? Probably not….

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      You’re a Laker fan, but say that Kupchak has shown he’s not a good GM?


    • asimonetti88 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      “I hope Kupchak is smart enough to re-sign Pau, but he’s shown he’s not a very good GM.”

      Yeah, he’s only won, what?, 3? championships as a GM?

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        Who needs stinkin’ facts?

  3. klownboy - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    As a Knicks fan, I am happy if this is true. However, this shows that Melo is all about getting paid. If he really wanted to win, he would have chosen Chicago.

    • vg777 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      like u would turn down 55 mil! #turndownforwhat.

  4. cap1378 - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Yeah, but the real question is has Phil spoken to Lebron?

  5. tarnationsports - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    I think I speak for many Knick fans when I say…

    I believe in Phil as the “Phil” t-shirt will attest to, but Carsmello…phew.

  6. andreboy1 - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Delusional Knick fans will probably suggest a treade or Amare for Kevin Love now.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      Doubt Phil wants him. Kevin Love has inflated stats on teams that have been horrible his entire time in the league. If he was a real difference maker, that wouldn’t be the case. Many of you will find this out when he gets to his next destination.

      • harshedmellow - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        Teams? Entire time in the league?


      • realfootballfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:25 AM

        Yea, you call that thing that changes every year despite the same uniform a different team because I’m pretty sure he hasn’t played with the same people every year he’s been in the league. Name a good player who’s had horrible teams every year he’s been in the league? I don’t mean worse than expected, but rather flat out awful like the Timberwolves have been during the entire time he’s been there. They couldn’t even sniff a playoff spot in this historically bad Eastern Conference this year, which should tell you all you need to know. For comparison, Pao Gasol had a few 50 win teams under his belt and been to the playoffs in a stacked Western Conference as a lead dog on that team. What has Love done except wow with meaningless stats in way too many losses?

        He’s a bad defensive player and he gobbles stats on a horrible team. Rick Adelman couldn’t even get them to win, and he’s won everywhere that he’s coached. Drove the poor guy to retirement, lol.

  7. Fantasy Football Consultant - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Carmelo’s a curse. Count your blessings Lakers. Get in on K Love, I Thomas or Stephenson and realize next year with another move were back. Kobe’s not done. He averaged 27 before the injury. He’s not 96 Kobe but that’s just fine.

  8. csbanter - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    So what this means is simply put. Any complaining from Carmelo going fwd should be ignored because

    1) he had a chance to play with winning teams in Chicago,Houston,Dallas
    2) he could’ve played with Kobe Bryant

    Carmelo is about money well at least we now know.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      Yep, he’s really dumb to stick with the guy with more rings than he has fingers, lol. I’d ditch that and all of that extra money to play with the Bulls who haven’t been out of the 2nd round even when Derrick Rose was healthy (and a franchise who Phil owns all of the rings for), the Rockets with choke artist Harden as one of it’s stars and clueless management, or to the Mavs with old Dirk. Yea, makes sense, lol. For once, he’s actually making the right move in his career. He’s finally going to get the best overseeing him.

      • csbanter - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:18 PM

        Phil Jackson rings have nothing to do with the 2014-15 Knicks. Why talk about something that is not relevant ? You can’t say playing with Tim Hardaway Jr, Cleanthony Early, Amare, Shumpert is better than Rose,Noah, Gibson, Butler, and Doug McDermott.

  9. 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Jeez guys! Slay him if he goes somewhere else, slander him for staying home. Melo can’t win with you guys!!
    I’m not a fan of his either, but sheesh!

  10. realfootballfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    If so, smart move.

  11. ghelton03 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Melo only has two options. Stay in NY and rebuild (ie: wait for Amare and Andre contracts to expire) or go Lakers and team with Kobe and Pau and also rebuild. I would go to LA. Melo’s wife will like that better.

  12. harshedmellow - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Chicago was a good fit, but man, he’d be taking like half the guaranteed money compared to NY. That’s a tough one.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      Why exactly do you think Chicago was a good fit? Thibs is a great defensive coach, but have any of you stopped to consider that he’s offensively inept as a coach?

      • crazycane - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:43 AM

        He’s never had an offensive weapon outside of Rose and that turned him in to an MVP, #1 seed in the NBA! and ECF appearance. That’s pretty good for having one “weapon” that doesn’t work anymore.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      I think you’re confused. Chicago has never been out of the 2nd round of the playoffs with him as coach, adn that was the first year of the Miami trio when they played Boston in the ECF. Otherwise, it’s been 1 and outs to lesser teams with or without Rose. As far as him not having star offensive players, that’s nonsense. No one said he should have won the championship with that roster, but in the playoffs, they come up offensively short quite a bit, even this year when they lost to a middling Toronto team. Even without Rose, there is o way they should have lost to Philly that year. He’s a great defensive coach, but he and Frank Vogel seem to have the same problem of over-emphasizing that as the be all, end all of their coaching style. Watch Popovich and Phil. Both have always had terrific defensive teams, but both also understand offensive basketball very well. Popovich has come to that conclusion over the years, and Phil has always understood it’s a 2-way game. The Derrick Rose injury has given Thibs too easy of an out to why his teams underachieve offensively when it counts.

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