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Carmelo Anthony wants the “Dwight Howard treatment” as a free agent

Apr 22, 2014, 5:48 PM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony wants to be recruited. He wants to be told how much he’s wanted, more than that how much he’s needed. How he can help them win. How they can market him. He wants teams to come to him.

In other words, he wants the full Dwight Howard treatment.

That’s not my words, that’s what an associate of Anthony told Sean Deveney of the Sporting News.

“He wants to be in a situation where he can start winning, and he is going to look at teams based on that,” the source said. “Coaching is only a part of the equation. What they do now is not going to be as important as can they win?”

Free agency opens on July 1, and, the source said, Anthony would like, “the Dwight Howard treatment.” That means he wants to go through the same sort of process that Howard went through last summer, when Howard set up shop in Los Angeles and set up meetings with five teams—Houston, the Lakers, Dallas, Golden State and Atlanta—each of whom came in and made formal presentations.

The one thing that Howard — and hopefully ‘Melo — did better than LeBron James was keep this all under wraps. LeBron had ESPN camped out in front, Howard kept it under wraps.

In the end New York is still the favorite to keep him. Anthony has said to me and many others that his preference was to stay in New York if he saw a plan. Phil Jackson is a plan. Is it a better plan than Chicago, where a structure and defense is in place? The Bulls seems to be more confident, according to reports, because they can offer winning.

Anthony has to decide what really matters most: The money the Knicks can offer and his clear love of New York or a vastly improved chance for a ring?

Anthony can be recruited all he wants, he has to answer that question for himself or he will not be happy with his decision.

  1. chargerdillon - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Mistake, despite being UNABLE to hit a free throw

    • chicagosports2014 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      Carmelo tour ends in Chicago

  2. antistratfordian - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Didn’t he get his recruitment fill coming out of high school? Still needs more ego fondling?

    • nikedunks13 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      Yeah because the NBA and NCAA are the same thing right?

      • antistratfordian - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        Basically. The desire for recruitment comes from the same basic emotional need.

  3. mackcarrington - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Wow! The first thing that comes to mind is “What a Diva!”
    But then I think, if he was in the position Howard was in with LA last year, The Billboard campaign would have knocked him off his feet.
    Just tell this guy he’s pretty, and that no one else can love him more and he’s yours.

    • nikedunks13 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      Yeah shame on him for wanting to go to a team that gives him the best chance at a title. Shame on him for wanting them to show him why they are set up to give him the best chance to get the title. Quit your crying.

      • therealhtj - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        Melo’s a fine player. Worth max money. Worth a third max contract in the current CBA? Not if he wants to win.

        So he wants the Dwight treatment?

        He needs a player just about as good, if not better than him to be a serious contender just like Dwight. A healthy DRose may fit that bill. But there’s no guarantee Rose ever regains form. Melo’ll also have to take a healthy paycut or they’ll need to gut their team to accommodate him. Neither scenario seems likely.

        The Lakers can pay him, but a broken down Kobe doesn’t even offer what a gutted Chicago team with Rose and Noah does.

        He’s not going to San Antonio, Cleveland, Charlotte, or any other small market. He’d rather take the money and mediocrity in New York.

        He can surprise everyone and take a big paycut to play on a fairly stacked Bulls team. It’d gain him a ton of respect and give him the best chance to contend, but there’s nothing in Melo’s history that says something like this is even a remote possibility. He’s staying and he’s taking the money.

      • mackcarrington - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        Perhaps you misinterpret my post.
        I’n not crying about anything.
        Internet tough guy!

  4. clevelandschronic2 - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Easily the most overrated and over hyped. Has never been a leader, doesnt play defense and also doesnt make his teammates better. Who ever signs him to the max $ is border line retarded and they will regret it for years. Regardless if he stays in Ny or not the knicks aren’t going anywhere.

    • nikedunks13 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      You know that pretty much any team in the league would sign him to a max contract if they had the cap space right? You’re the one who’s retarded.

      • clevelandschronic2 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:46 PM

        Lol keep telling yourself that.

      • blueintown - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:48 AM where presumably grown men argue over who’s the most retarded.

    • saint1997 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      Man that is heinously wrong. You must be awful at basketball and have never watched a game, honestly, that is the only reason I can see you coming to that conclusion. The guy is a top 10 player in the league and has achieved more than you ever will before you fade away into sad obscurity

    • ProBasketballPundit - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      Carmelo is properly rated. He’s 3-10 in playoff series, as in he’s won 3 series and lost 10. Everybody knows he’ll never be the best player on a championship team, but he’ll still be highly sought after.

    • irvfin3 - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      Ignorance at it’s finest he’s not overrated or over hyped. You’re mistaking him for James Harden. Yes he’s not a leader and his defense is average you’re just a hater. In a way he’s similar to Dirk put him around defensive minded starters and add a veteran with leadership and he can definitely contend for a ring. The Knicks’ supporting cast this season was awful.

  5. sportsfan18 - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Glad this loser has his head in the right place… ME, ME, ME, ME IT’s about ME….

    Everyone knows he may only go to one team but he WANTS to be wined and dined, picked up in limos, have the organizations put on wonderful presentations etc…

    He knows that if many organizations do this, he still only goes to one team.

    He does NOT care about them.

    Heck, he’d go to an organization that he knows he would NOT sign with simply to have his ego fed by them wining and dining him…

    Melo, IF it’s all about WINNING, there are ONLY a few places for you to consider and being wined and dined does NOT play into it.

    Uh, the SPURS are the best and have been the best team for a long time and they do NOT wine and dine players…

    But, you have YOUR priorities right, you WANT to be wined and dined.

    TEAMS WANT you to be the player you can be, but aren’t…

    • unxpexted1 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      If he was so selfish he wouldn’t wine and dine at all, and just stay and take the money. At least he’s trying to see what’s out there. Nobdoy got mad (outside of LA) for dwight checking his options because they new LA was not a good situation at the time. It’s essentially the same thing for Melo.

  6. 00maltliquor - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Mark Cuban, get your animation team ready….

  7. lenbias34pt - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Certainly will go down in history as one of the great scoring talents to not lead his teams to many playoff series wins…..

    Considering how little he works on his body, the $ in vested in him at this stage is going to be poorly spent. IF Phil knows what he is doing as a President he won’t even offer him.

    It’s going to be interesting who really goes after Mello.

    • tomtravis76 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      How little he works on his body? The guy has been in the league since 03 without any catastrophic injuries. He has represented the United States 3 times while others guys have been resting. The dude has been one of the best of his era in the NBA. Every GM would like to have Melo on their team.

    • basketballbro - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      He’s clearly in good enough shape to overpower 3s and beat 4s with his speed. He also plays the MOST mpg in the entire league. I’m not saying he’s the most fit guy in the league, but he’s no Ray Felton… This dude brings crowds to games with his scoring ability and that alone justifies why he deserves the money he is going to get this summer.

  8. ranfan12 - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Couple of teams were doing what they could to get him. Mavs ditched 99% of their championship team for him lol

  9. dablakdrphil - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Don’t know why everyone has so much Hate towards him. When he led yall to 54 wins last year, a lot of fans was saying he was better than Lebron. It’s not all on Melo why they did terrible. Management should be fully blamed for those bad contracts. Melo still balled hard and if it wasn’t for Melo, New York would’ve never been to the playoffs these last 3 years

    Melo will be a Free Agent for the 1st and most likely last time in his career. He is a superstar he should get wined and dined from everyone trying to sign him this summer

    • eugenesaxe1 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      No one has EVER said LaLa is better than LBJ.

      • dablakdrphil - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        LMAO!! Cold Blooded

  10. pfic15 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Another wanna be Alpha….

  11. soflasfinest - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    I wonder if Dolan is going to hand out his violin cd’s again?

  12. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    The “Dwight Howard treatment”?

    You mean he wants fans cursing his very existence for being so arrogant and egotistical, despite never having accomplished a damn thing?

    I’m down.

  13. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Knicks fans do you really want this guy? I don’t. Try and sign and trade him to someone with tyson

  14. jhb64 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Let him leave .good player not great . If he wants to get stroked let him go to a hooker

  15. innovativethinking87 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    He should have stayed in Denver. Coming off the WCF and crying about going to a new team. What was wrong with Denver? At the of the day thats what Melo gets

  16. uscoach - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    He clearly wants to be in NYC. The other teams’ offers will garner a bigger offer from the Knicks.

  17. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Chicago wants you here Melo.

  18. urodaddy07 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Career averages: PPG = 25.3, RPG= 6.5, APG = 3.1

    • zackd2 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      Yeah but “not a winner” or some BS like that

  19. harshedmellow - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Chicago is the obvious landing place.

    People talk about money, but he’ll be grossing north of 30 mil a year wherever he goes, with endorsements and a shoe contract. I have to think a couple mil this way or that way won’t make a difference to a guy at his age and stage of things.

    Chicago has a still-young former MVP point guard, one who has been a “bit” injury prone, granted, but still… and the reigning DPY.

    I’m no Bulls fan; that’s just how it looks from the cheap seats.

  20. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Denver got better when Carmelo left; who wants to bet that New York gets better too? They can’t get much worse.

    • cruzan80 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      Denver got to the playoffs every year (8 in a row), made it to a WCF & Karl was named “coach of the year” all during Melo’s tenure in a Nuggets uniform. Since Melo became a Knick….George “it’s all my players fault” Karl was fired, they made the playoffs once & missed it all together this year…..yeah….they got WAAAAAAAAY better.

      • cruzan80 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        Correction…they made twice.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        Nice try, but your facts are wrong. George Karl won coach of year well AFTER Carmelo left (2013) and the Nuggets went 3-10 in 13 playoff series with Carmelo. Besides I wasn’t comparing the 2014 Nuggets with the 2005 Nuggets; I was comparing 2009-2010 Nuggets with post trade 2010 and 2011 Nuggets. They played better basketball without him.

      • unxpexted1 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        they were better because they traded 5 players for 2. THis isn’t a like he left, and they had the same team and did better without him. That was just a bad trade by NY moreso then “Denver is better off without Melo”

  21. Miami305 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Melo to Miami

  22. lakerade - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    Melo stays and learns the triangle.

    • granadafan - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      Phil Jackson is not the coach, therefore no triangle unless he decides to fire the coach and install himself. However, Dolan will nix and firing.

  23. ranfan12 - Apr 23, 2014 at 5:22 AM

    Lol maybe that sounded better in his mind

  24. unxpexted1 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    I love how people say he’s not a winner, as if he’s been on these great teams and havent performed.

  25. rohlo - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    he will end up in houston!!!

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