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BREAKING: Carmelo Announces Return

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In a post made minutes ago on his website, Carmelo Anthony announced that he will return to the Knicks. Anthony met with the Mavericks, Bulls, Rockets, Lakers, and Knicks before making his decision. Terms of his new contract should be released shortly, but it is expected that he will take a slight pay cut rather than signing for the maximum salary. 

 I am a New York Knick at heart. I am looking forward to continue my career in Orange & Blue and to work with Phil Jackson, a champion who builds championship teams. Madison Square Garden is the mecca of basketball and I am surrounded by the greatest fans in the world.

–Carmelo Anthony

Welcome back, Melo!

-Tommy Rothman

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REPORT: Carmelo staying with Knicks

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Carmelo Anthony is expected to announce on Thursday that he will sign an extension with the New York Knicks, according to reports (Frank Isola, NY Daily News).

A source close to Anthony said that Anthony “believes in Phil (Jackson)” and, after “agonizing over” his decision for a week, will remain in New York barring a last-minute change-of-heart.

It is unclear whether Carmelo will accept a max contract or take a pay cut. And, of course, nothing is set in stone, at least not yet. But it certainly looks like, as many thought would happen, the lure of the Garden, the big city, and the money, as well as the 13-time NBA Champion Jackson, have convinced Melo to stay with the Knicks.

While Melo’s camp is publicly maintaining that no decision has been made yet. However, reports are starting to come out suggesting he has been leaning towards the Knicks the whole time, that the Knicks expect to keep him, and Anthony has no plans to walk away from the paycut. Isola’s report has not been confirmed by Carmelo’s camp or by other outlets just yet, but he’s one of the more reputable reporters out there… expect something to come out later tonight. We’ll keep you posted.

Expect an announcement tomorrow, when contracts can officially be signed.

-Tommy Rothman

Knicks Meet Melo In LA, Offer Max Contract

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Knicks President Phil Jackson and other members of the Knicks brass flew out to Los Angeles on Thursday night to meet with Carmelo Anthony. Melo was in LA to meet with the Lakers earlier in the day, and the Lakers reportedly offered him a 4 year, $97 million contract, the most they are allowed to give under the CBA. The Knicks, however, are allowed to give Anthony 5 years and $130 million because he is “their player”, and according to reports, Jackson assured Anthony he would receive this maximum offer if that is what it takes to keep him in New York. The Knicks, of course, are still hoping they can keep Anthony without paying the maximum amount, but it is now clear that if Melo demands it, he will get it.

The Knicks had seemed out of the Melo sweepstakes a couple weeks ago, but have since re-emerged as a very likely— maybe even probable— landing spot for the star forward. Jackson had publicly been reluctant to offer Anthony a max contract, but it appears that this was just posturing on the part of the Zen Master.

The Knicks were hoping for a verbal commitment from Melo tonight, but it looks like this did not happen. Melo is scheduled to meet privately with Kobe Bryant, who was unable to make it to the meeting with the Lakers earlier in the day. Carmelo is expected to decide soon, and we could very well know his fate by the end of the week. As of now, the Knicks look to be in a pretty good position, especially with that extra $30 million dangling in front of Anthony.

-Tommy Rothman

Melo meets Lakers in Los Angeles

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Carmelo Anthony is in Los Angeles this afternoon and is currently meeting with the Lakers. Kobe Bryant flew in from Europe to attend the meeting. The sit-down with the Lakers should be the last stop on the Melo Tour before he sits down with the Knicks.

Melo meets Mavericks in Dallas

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Carmelo Anthony met with the Mavericks in Dallas at owner Mark Cuban’s house on Wednesday, shortly after his meeting with the Rockets. While his meeting in Houston lasted about 6 hours, his chat with Dallas only took about 2. The Mavericks are reportedly trying to sell Melo on playing with a front line of Dirk Nowitzki and Anthony’s former teammate Tyson Chandler.

Carmelo, Rockets meet in Houston

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Carmelo Anthony is in Houston this afternoon to meet with the Rockets. Dwight Howard is expected to be part of Houston’s pitch. Melo met with Chicago yesterday and will meet with the Dallas Mavericks later this evening.

*Post will be updated with any noteworthy news*

Carmelo, Bulls meet in Chicago

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Carmelo Anthony is currently at the United Center in Chicago to meet with the Bulls. Chicago is considered the Knicks’ main competition for Anthony. Joakim Noah is expected to take part in the Bulls’ pitch to the former scoring champ. 

This thread will be updated with any news from the meeting.