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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*

BREAKING: Carmelo Anthony Opts Out Of Contract

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Carmelo Anthony has officially terminated his contract with the Knicks and will become a free agent on July 1st, according to league sources. Anthony had until Monday to exercise the Early Termination Option in his contract. 

Carmelo has stated his desire to remain in New York over the years, but has reportedly been leaning towards leaving recently, and it appears that Chicago, Houston, Dallas, and Miami are the most likely destinations for the former scoring champion.

Anthony has said since the beginning of the season that he planned on opting out, so this should not come as a surprise, despite the fact that Knicks President Phil Jackson had attempted to convince him to opt in for one more year. Now, it is up to Phil and the front office to try to sell Melo on staying for the long term. 

-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