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Carmelo Anthony still not ready to decide, but he needs to soon as options dry up

Jul 11, 2014, 3:41 PM EST

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LeBron James has made his decision: Cleveland.

Now the other big domino that is to fall in NBA free agency is Carmelo Anthony — stay with the Knicks, or join the Lakers or Bulls. When will he decide?

Not Friday, says Marc Spears of Yahoo sports.

Anthony still seems legitimately torn. LeBron was able to come to grips with what mattered most to him — taking him and his family back to Northeast Ohio — but Anthony is struggling with what matters most to him. Money? Winning? Lifestyle and location? How to balance all of them?

Anthony has to choose fast because his options are drying up.

The Lakers just traded for Jeremy Lin and with that can no longer offer Anthony a full max contract (according to the math of Dan Feldman of PBT). If the Lakers stretch Steve Nash out (let him go, pay his contract over three years) and renounce rights to everybody (Kendall Marshall, Ryan Kelly, Robert Sacre) they can get to about a million a year short of max, but not all the way there.

Maybe Anthony already counted the Lakers out, Stephen A. Smith of ESPN said he did, although nobody else did so take it with salt.

But ‘Melo has other problems.

The Lakers and Chicago have started to have preliminary discussions of a Pau Gasol for Carlos Boozer sign-and-trade swap (where the Bulls send the Lakers a pick, the Lakers need picks to rebuild) and that could kill the Chicago option for Anthony. Chicago might wait a little while to pull the trigger on that kind of deal to see what Anthony wants to do, but they will not wait long. And that would kill the idea of Gasol coming to New York if Anthony went there.

All of which is to say, he doesn’t have to decide today but the longer he waits, the fewer options he has that are not New York.

Which maybe where Anthony wanted to land all along.

  1. canucks30 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Who?

    • 4thquartermagic - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      You know that chubby guy who is too tired to play both sides of the court.

      • llfreedman - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        That was a joke right? He had his best year last year.

      • 4thquartermagic - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        THANK YOU! It was his best year wasn’t it.

        And how many playoff games did his team win?

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        @ lifreedman

        not defensively he didn’t

        his defensive rating last season was 108.

        his career defensive rating is 107 (lower is better).

        So, last season defensively he wasn’t even as good as his career average let alone his best on that side of the ball.

        Now, he did have his best offensive season this past yr at 113 (higher the better here).

        and a 112 offensive rating the year before with the same 108 defensive rating.

      • llfreedman - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        @ 4thquartermagic – You really think it was Melo’s fault they didn’t get into playoffs? Get real….

        @ Sportsfan- So his defensive rating was basically average? He had to do everything for that team last year on offense and they weren’t in contention… What do you expect? Melo isn’t a great defender- that’s just reality.

      • 4thquartermagic - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:28 PM

        “What do you expect? Melo isn’t a great defender- that’s just reality.” -llfreedman

        He’s also not capable of carrying a team by himself (in the weak East no less) like a true superstar- that’s also just a reality.

      • llfreedman - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        My comments weren’t contradictory at all. Just demonstrates how elite an offensive player Melo is.

        What do you mean “not capable of carrying a team by himself?” What’s a “true superstar?” If you expect Melo to be Lebron then you are quite foolish. How many super-stars can actually single handedly carry a team to the Eastern Conference Finals or the Finals? I’m not sure there are any in the league right now other than Lebron, and maaaaaybe KD…

        You have unfair expectations my friend.

      • 4thquartermagic - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        Simply put, if Melo is going to get paid more than Lebron it is not unfair to expect he have the same impact on a team.

        I’ll concede your point about no one but Lebron being
        capable of taking a team to the FINALS by himself.

        However for a 100+ million is it too much to ask he carry a team to the PLAYOFFS? In the ultra weak eastern conference no less?

        Last season (a contract year) he had the best season of his career. Yet he missed the playoffs for the first time in his career. Doesn’t compute.

        Defense is attitude. Not asking Melo to be Lebron. Asking Melo to “attempt” to be a complete player. Giving him 120 million when he’s proven to rest on his laurels is where the criticism is justified.

        You have low expectations my friend.

      • llfreedman - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        I wish Melo was the player you want him to be. However, teams are throwing max offers at him, so I believe my expectations are pretty on point. He’s worth a max deal. With all the advanced stats and knowledge these teams possess, I doubt you have some superior valuation methods them.

        He’s worth a max deal despite his defensive issues. At least that’s what the teams/market think…

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        @ lifreedman

        either this past yr or the yr before was Melo’s best season overall.

        there is no doubt his last two seasons were the best of his career.

        His PER was a tad higher two yrs ago than this past season, but he shot better this past season.

        Oh, and in my previous reply to you, I specifically mentioned defensively vs. offensively.

        this past season wasn’t his best defensively. it was his best offensively and I think his best overall.

        I wasn’t disagreeing with you, just simply stating something about his defensive side is all.

      • 4thquartermagic - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        Plain and simple he’s a scorer. A great scorer. But nothing more.

        He needs to hitch his wagon to another star if he wants to win. Fortunately for the Knicks, he’d rather take the money.

        No hate just the reality.

      • getlow81 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        Defense Rating is nearly irrelevant…Carlos Boozer I believe was top 10 in the league the past couple years. Not really a great defensive gauge.

      • 4thquartermagic - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        Defensive rating may be irrelevant but defensive “minded” is not.

        Melo don’t play D. It’s a fact.
        He played out of his mind offensively last year. Fact.
        His team (in the east) missed the playoffs entirely. Fact.

      • nickjackalson - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:39 PM

        it´s a team sport – fact, last time I checked they still played 5 on 5

        melo is not lebron – fact, that one was easy, wasn´t it?

        build melo a proper team – thinking AI 76ers, with lots of defensive grit around melo and he will be regarded in a different light

        letting Chandler go wasn´t the smartest thing to do, in my book, since he was maybe one out of two or three NY players to actually fit the bill..

        He should go to Chicago, if he wants to improve his “all-time-bla” ranking

      • 4thquartermagic - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:40 PM

        Last time I checked, 5 on 5 involves playing defense.

        So what does Melo play?

    • jcthree3303 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      Its funny cause he’s been acting like any teams gives a rip what he does. This was all held up by Lebron not Melo. I think you’ll hear tomorrow that he’s resigning with the Knicks. Just a gut feeling.

      • nsideindy - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        Agreed…but I think he waits until Monday. He’s a guy that loves attention. I think he’ll let the LeBron news die down so that he gets the full spotlight.

  2. csbanter - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    How are his options drying up ? The Bulls still want him as do L.A. and the Knicks. Could it be that you’re in a rush to put out another story because on this day Sports Illustrated killed it.

    • chiadam - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Did you bother reading anything other than the headline?

      • csbanter - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        You must be a bitter Heat fan don’t break your computer.

      • chiadam - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        Really? Yes, the Chicago Heat. Moron. Keep talking.

      • csbanter - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        So you’re a bitter Bulls fan same thing different city. Jerk

      • casualcommenter - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        So to answer your question, no, he did not read anything in the article beyond the headline.

      • chiadam - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        It appears that he did not. Also, why would a Heat fan be bitter over Carmelo needing to hurry up?

  3. malek773 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Carmelo could wait another week and Chicago still wouldn’t make a move until they knew for sure. Melo is their plan A, B, and C! No other free agent comes close to filling the need Melo does.

  4. mightbegoingtohellforthis - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Forget Carmelo, I hope the Lakers sign Lance Stephenson.

  5. misterdreamer119 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    why would he go to the lakers? Oh so his wife can be in movies and tv shows.

    • bucrightoff - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Considering she’s a F-List actor at best, Melo shouldn’t care about her “career”

  6. azarkhan - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Miami has an opening.

    • jimbo75025 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      Actually, to remain relevant Riley better be on the phone with Bosh-Wade-Anthony trying to work out something . If Bosh takes the Houston offer then Miami is basically screwed and Wade opting out looks like a really bad decision for him financially. At least with retooled Big 3, Miami might be able to garner a 4 seed and second round appearance.

      Question now becomes if that does not happen does Wade now look at Chicago? If that happens, Miami is a lottery team at best.

    • cantonbound13 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      Actually, it looks like they have 9 openings. Looks like Napier, Granger & McRoberts are the new “big 3″. LOL!!!!

  7. calkinsrob - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    LOL if Melo tells you that he is not going to make a decision today, THEN DONT REPORT ON IT TODAY! I dont care about these stupid text convos. If he tells you why he may be held up sure a small update via twitter is nice. But its like every minute taht goes by without a decision doesnt need to be reported lol.

  8. getlow81 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Fewer options? He’s down to the Knicks and Bulls!

    The Bulls are working countless trade scenarios with the Knicks and/or other teams to create the cap space he wants, whatever that may be.

    I GUARANTEE IT.

  9. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    He’s taking his time for one reason: he’s an attention-whoar. He admitted as much when he said he wanted teams to fawn all over him.

  10. rrhoe - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Carmelo first with the Dwight Howard/FA tour,then gets upstaged by Lebron and his FA decision and return to CLE–Carmelo wants his time to shine,to be in the limelight,he won’t make a “decision” until next week……

  11. jvw1982 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    If I’m the Knicks, I take the max contract off the table, if he wants to play in NY he will have to do it for under 16 a yr, then go after Gasol…..if he goes to the Bulls so what you’re team will suck for a yr or two but it’s not like you will win a title with him anyways……I like what the Lakers are doing, expiring contracts over the next two yr, acquiring 1st round picks and have a better team than they had last yr…..only issue with them is they really need to find a coach….

  12. avenueoffreedom - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    As a Bulls fan, I would love for them to get Melo. How great would the Cavs/Bulls games be?

  13. 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    C’mon Melo!! Don’t kill the momentum of today’s excitement!!

    You know what would be boss, if Bosh gathered Melo and tiok him with him to MIA to have Melo fill the role of LBJ! HAHAHAHAA that would be sweet!

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Sure would. Time for a frosty malt beverage!

    • patsmiley - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      that would call for a great rivalry during the playoffs.. Lebron and the Cavs against his former teammates and Melo.. It’s like when Hulk Hogan went to the NWO

  14. alshonsmeathooks - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    daaaaaaaaaa bulls

  15. hartdaddy - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Is options are Bulls & Knicks, if Bulls choose to move on then Melo gets a 129 million dollar consolation prize as a result. Lebrob broke his own news, why is it so hard for people to wait for Melo? The actual signing period began just yesterday, smh.

    • jvw1982 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      Because it not that difficult, first he said we would know by the beginning of week and here we are on Friday and he still hasn’t said anything…..not answering Phil text would make me pull his max contract off the table…..he either goes to the Bulls were Rose doesn’t want him, for less money and a chance to win it all yr one or go to the knicks for big money and be lucky to make the playoffs this yr and hope Phil can put a team together that can compete……Do you want to win now or get paid….if its me I get paid and hope Phil can put it together……

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        Once again, for the millionth time, why do people think the Bulls are so good?

      • chicitybulls - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        Why do you think they’re not?

  16. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    FINALLY the writers here are coming to the realization that Melo was never leaving all along. But now they need to fill out the roster and use that remaining cap space to sign someone who can contribute.

  17. gmsalpha - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Carmelo’s situation isn’t any different from any regular Joe’s decisions except it is for a lot more money. You have a few options, but legitimately can’t decide which one to go with, and eventually the decision is made for you.

    There is a Lexus (L.A) and a Mercedes (Chicago) for sale. You drive a BMW (NY) and you can’t decide if you want to switch cars. Well, eventually the Lexus and Mercedes will be sold to someone else if you wait too long and you’ll be stuck with your Beemer. Not that it’s a bad decision. But your choice is made for you.

  18. 950003cups - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Take your time Melo. Knicks ain’t winning with or without you anyway.

  19. 1historian - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:03 AM

    His inability to decide does not argue a very high level of immaturity, and at the age of 28 or whatever it is he becomes less and less desirable. He’ll stay in N.Y. .

  20. elcapitan1019 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    He will re-sign with the Knicks. All this was just to stroke his ego. Who would leave $33 million on the table to leave a place his wife and kids like? The Lakers, Rockets and Mavs had NO chance, the Bulls little chance.

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