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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

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

Report: Carmelo leaning towards leaving New York

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According to sources, Carmelo Anthony is leaning towards leaving the Knicks in free agency this summer, and the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets have emerged as the frontrunners to land the star forward. Melo is reportedly unconfident in the Knicks’ ability to build a winning team this season, and is unwilling to wait until next year, when the Knicks will have a large amount of cap space (and a draft pick). He was also reportedly unhappy with Knicks President Phil Jackson’s public comments in which he expressed hope that Anthony would take a less-than-maximum contract to sign with the Knicks… even though Anthony would have to do that to sign anywhere else. Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the rumors.

The Bulls and Rockets are both well over the cap, but have ways to clear enough room to get Carmelo. Because both teams will likely need to make some trades to make Melo fit under their budget, the Knicks could get decent compensation from any team that signs Carmelo. Jimmy Butler, Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson, Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik, Chandler Parsons, and draft picks could all be in play. 

Carmelo doesn’t seem like he’s going to stay in New York just for the max contract, if the Knicks even offer him one. However, he would have a much better roster around him in New York today if he hadn’t forced a mid-season trade to the Knicks a few years ago instead of signing with them outright in the summer. Carmelo did this because he was worried signing as a free agent would cost him a ton of money, but it only ended up costing him about $4 million. Now, according to these reports he’s perfectly willing to give up $30 million (and his public image) to bolt for a new city, because he wants to win. Go figure.

These are just reports. Carmelo hasn’t opted out of his contract yet, which he will probably do by June 23rd, and he hasn’t signed with another team. The Knicks should still be in the ballgame, but according to Woj and his sources, the Knicks might need to move on.

-Tommy Rothman

Carmelo Anthony Wants to Retire as a Knick

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“They pulled all the strings to get me here, and I wanted to be here, you know. And I want to retire in New York, let’s be quite frank. I think a lot of people jumped the gun when I said I wanted to be a free agent. And yeah, I want people to come to play in New York. I want them to want to play in New York. I want New York to be that place where guys want to come play in New York.”

 

— Carmelo Anthony, in an interview Thursday with TNT.

Knicks Highlight Tournament: 2012-2013 Top Moments Quarterfinals

By Tommy Rothman

After one round of voting, the field has been narrowed down to 8 moments! Vote for your favorite highlight from each matchup! Voting for round 2 will close at the end of the day on July 25.

ROUND 2

Division 1

Matchup 1

#1 Knicks crush Heat on opening day after Sandy, Sheed hits first 3.

VERSUS

#6 Carmelo scores 50 on Heat

Analysis: With the emotions, the opening night atmosphere, and the Sheed moment, the #1 seed is the favorite here. But even though Miami sat their starts the night that Carmelo scored 50, the #6 seed has a chance to pull off an upset.

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Knicks Top Moments: 2012-2013 Season Tournament Round of 16

By Tommy Rothman

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The seeds are set, the selections are in, and the tournament is open! Choose your favorite from each of the selections in our 8 first-round matchups. Voting will be open until the end of the day on July 23.

ROUND 1

Division 1

Matchup 1

#1 Knicks crush Heat on opening day after Sandy, Sheed hits first 3.

VERSUS

#8 Steve Novak’s floater off the dribble

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Carmelo Anthony named to All-NBA Second Team

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Carmelo Anthony was named to the All-NBA Second Team Thursday. Anthony led the league in scoring and finished third in the MVP voting, in which Melo was the only player other than LeBron James to garner a first-place vote. James and Kevin Durant finished ahead of Melo in both the MVP voting and the race to secure the two forward spots on the All-NBA First team.

-By Tommy Rothman