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Report: Carmelo Anthony wants LeBron to come to Knicks; Phil Jackson trying to clear cap space to get it done

Jul 9, 2014, 9:17 AM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony‘s free agent decision was expected to have come already, after narrowing his choices down to the Lakers, Bulls, and of course, the Knicks.

But he’s waited longer than expected, perhaps due to holding out some measure of hope that he could end up teaming with LeBron James in Miami — or maybe even New York.

Yes, the latest report has Anthony dreaming of bringing LeBron to the Knicks — a scenario that is beyond unlikely, for a variety of very good reasons.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

According to a friend of Anthony’s, Melo has held out faint hope Knicks president Phil Jackson can pull a miracle and clear out the necessary salary-cap space to get it done, but he is running out of time. Anthony’s decision could come in the next couple of days. …

“He really wants LeBron to come to New York,’’ the source said. “That’s his dream right now. Phil is trying to get it done.’’ …

“He didn’t want no part of New York in 2010,’’ the source said. “But he loves Phil and the chance to play with Melo.’’

To be fair, this piece does lay out just how far-fetched that is, and states pretty clearly that it’s essentially not happening.

The Knicks would have to unload the horrendous contracts of Andrea Bargnani and Amar’e Stoudemire without taking back any salary in return for starters, and then Anthony and James would still need to both take less than the max to somehow make it all work.

Dreams are nice, but reality is what we’re forced to deal with, which is this: Anthony and James ending up as teammates when all of this is said and done isn’t at all likely, and barely even seems possible.

  1. bucrightoff - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Cantonbound and Anti cheering for the same team? Make it happen Phil.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      That might be a bigger story than LeBron and Melo playing together!!

    • loungefly74 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      bwbwwaaaahhahahahah! great comment, buc.

      …NY is reapeatedly kicking themselves in the junk over that awful Amare’ contract. makes ya think who else will be punching themselves over a bloated contract this year. #teamthatsignsgordonhayward

      • crazycane - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:14 AM

        I’m sure the Bulls aren’t very happy with the Loozer contract

      • zoomy123 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:27 AM

        That Amar’e contract actually wasn’t that bad; Amar’e’s injury is what makes the contract seem bad. His first year in NY Amar’e put up 25-8-2. That’s max contract production any way you look at it.

      • micknangold - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        W/o Amare we never get Melo. And Amare played fantastic before he got hurt.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        Okay seriously people, stop acting like injury risk wasn’t the reason Amar’e’s contract was panned in the first place. Why do you think the Knicks couldn’t get it insured? Why do you think Phoenix, who knew him better than anybody and possesses the best training staff in the league, was only willing to guarantee him three years? Amar’e’s knees were a ticking time bomb and everybody knew it. That they broke down isn’t bad luck. Stop pretending otherwise.

      • realfootballfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        zoomy123 ,

        Well, that’s exactly why most teams didn’t want to give him more than 2 or 3 years tops when he went to the Knicks because they doubted his knees would last. Steve Kerr wasn’t a great GM, but he nailed that one and said as much here locally when Stoudemire left in FA. So yea, when you go against proverbial wisdom of the rest of the league and you end up having to eat 3 1/2 years of a max contract for little or no return, I would call that a pretty bad contract.

    • miamatt - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      Looks like we have another nominee for comment of the year.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        Cantonbound can’t root for Lebron; the resident peabrain already has a vagina!

  2. 1historian - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    If the essence of this is true – that Anthony is delaying his decision because of the hope that PJ can pull off such an impossible feat – how much more need be said about Anthony’s mental level? If I were a GM this would make me a little wary of signing someone like him.

    PJ was one of the best ever at coaching, but he seems to be way over his head at GMing.

    • micknangold - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      “If the essence of this is true – that Anthony is delaying his decision because of the hope that PJ can pull off such an impossible feat – how much more need be said about Anthony’s mental level? If I were a GM this would make me a little wary of signing someone like him.

      PJ was one of the best ever at coaching, but he seems to be way over his head at GMing.”

      Yeah, he should listen to the “GMing” experts like you! This almost certainly won’t happen, but if true this indicates Melo is most likely staying. That’s why I love this news.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      Have you checked the Lakers in between when he stopped by to coach him? Who in the ___ do you think was GMing them when he was there, lol? It’s not that difficult of a job when you know what fits your system and I think the thing people over look with him and why he’s far and away better than most of the other top coaches of his generation with Popovich being his only rival at this is that he is able to identify the little pieces to accent his stars. Pat Riley has struggled with this mightily at times, which is one of the reasons his first Heat powerhouse team with Mourning and Hardaway as the centerpieces never won anything, and why the latest version is lost this past year.

  3. hartdaddy - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Explains why he hasn’t signed yet, can’t dump Amares deal only to have his take the cap space if you wanna even talk Lebron to NY. Still feel this all ends with everyone other than Bosh going back to their respective teams.

  4. truninerfan49 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Please make it stop

  5. chip56 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    The story goes on to say that a more likely scenario has LeBron taking a two year deal in Miami and then considering the Knicks when they have cap space. That said, if Jackson can send Stat and Shump to Philly for draft picks he should regardless of whether it lands them James.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      If Phil can send Stat and Shump to Philly for no salary and something of actual value coming back, we need to check to see that Sam Hinke’s wife and kids aren’t in any way threatened, because blackmail is the only way that deal gets done. I do think LeBron staying in Miami on a two-year max deal (third-year player option) makes the most sense, though. With KD set to come on the market that summer, teams that couldn’t clear space for 2014 are already lining up to have room in 2016. Kobe will be off the Lakers’ books. The Nets will have nothing but D-Will’s player option (which he’ll opt-out of for a long-term, lower value deal), the Knicks can still be players if they don’t jump the gun on the middling 2015 market, Boston and Philly could have young nucleii capable of supporting a superstar… there will absolutely be more options in two years.

  6. buffalowned - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    What would cantonbound post about if LeBron was a knick? Fortunately that won’t happen and our lead troll will stick around

  7. kingperk123 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:16 AM


  8. malek773 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Even tho this won’t happen its kind of sad to see the star players trying to play together rather than compete against each other. Wade, Bosh and Lebron started the trend 4 years ago. It worked with mixed results I’d say. Now instead of joining a team that could use Melo as the missing piece (Bulls) or just sticking with his original team that he forced a trade to, Melo is waiting to see if he can play with Lebron somehow. The greats never would do any of this. MJ wouldn’t of tried to get Magic on his team. He wanted to beat them. MJ kept a list of all the guys he dunked on. He prided himself on keeping other stars from winning championships. Today’s NBA stars don’t have that in them. Lebron and Melo are putting pressure on their GMs to add more stars on their rosters rather than trying to position themselves to compete against them.

  9. edavidberg - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Chicago could clear room for both by trading D Rose. That’s only slightly more likely than the Knicks making it happen.

  10. doclolly - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    I like how everyone is ripping on Amare. He’s the pretty much the only reason melo even considered coming to NY. The bigger issue is the stupid Bargnani trade where they gave away a 1st round pick for that scrub. if they never made that trade they would still have that pick and i’m sure you could have easily flipped amare shump and 1st rounder to philly and boom cap space

  11. billiam55 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:47 AM


  12. realfootballfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    And this is really who the Heat only need to be worried about. I don’t think they can get it done because their cap is such a mess from all the turnover in the front office (if this was next summer, my odds would be on the Knicks) because Phil is about the only person who could walk into the room and say whatever Pat Riley’s done, I’ve done better from the rings to his system and its effectiveness and let’s face it, that’s about the only thing LBJ is going to listen to when contemplating leaving.

  13. kelsey412 - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    One word. Taxes! No way will he go to NYC

  14. jtbsteeler - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Bogus rumor

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