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Carmelo Anthony: Meeting with Phil Jackson was ‘great’

Carmelo Anthony KnicksCarmelo Anthony is expected to test the free agency market next month, but it sounds like re-signing with the New York Knicks may be a consideration.

Anthony was in New York to promote SMS Audio’s Sport Collection of waterproof headphones with 50 Cent, his partner. At the event, he told the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola that his meeting with Phil Jackson last week went great.

“It was a great meeting with Phil. It went well,” he said via the Daily News. “I like what Phil is doing.”

The move he likes is that Jackson hired Derek Fisher as head coach. Maybe Jackson shared his ideas of future plans as well.

I still think Anthony is going to leave the Knicks because they seem far away from winning, but at least they might have a fighting chance if these words are any indication.

Heat talking about adding Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony KnicksThe Miami Heat have aspirations of adding even more superstar power to their already talented roster. According to ESPN, the Heat have had talks about adding Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony, like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, can become a free agent this summer if he opts out of the final year of his contract. We previously told you that LeBron is interested in playing with Carmelo, and this new report supports that.

The report says Heat officials and team leaders have already begun talking about their options to create enough financial flexibility to make this foursome happen. Another key factor here is that some of the star players, like LeBron, are doing well enough with their investments or endorsements where they feel they can make up for the pay cut through other channels.

Sources say internal conversations within the Heat organization about pursuing this course have run concurrently with Miami’s bid to win a third consecutive championship, with sources adding that James in particular is likely to try to recoup potential salary sacrificed through fresh off-court business opportunities if the Heat’s new dream scenario does come to fruition.

ESPN also notes that LeBron stood to earn about $30 million from the Beats by Dre deal with Apple. LeBron got a small stake in the company in 2008 in exchange for promoting the headphones, and he is cashing in now that they were acquired for $3 billion.

This chatter is also nothing new according to SI’s Chris Mannix:

USA Today’s Sam Amick believes Wade’s health issues are more reasons why LeBron would want ‘Melo:

I really think they can make this happen. Bosh has said he wants to stay in Miami and would be willing to take less. LeBron is not leaving Miami and would probably take less in order to give himself a chance at winning more, which is his top priority. The only questions are if Wade is unselfish enough to go along and realize his limitations because of his age and body, and whether ‘Melo would take less, too.

Pat Riley can definitely make it all happen. I wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

LeBron James reportedly ‘interested’ in playing with Carmelo Anthony

LeBron-James-Carmelo-AnthonyLeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are close friends. That famous photo of the two superstars playing high school ball against each other shows how far back they go, but is there any way they could ever be teammates? Apparently that is something that interests LeBron.

Sam Amick of USA Today, who reported earlier this week that the Los Angeles Lakers are delaying their coaching search to appeal to free agents like LeBron and ‘Melo, noted that James is still “interested” in playing with Anthony at some point in his career.

Yet according to two people with knowledge of the situation, Anthony’s part in this fluid free agency situation is worth monitoring as James is known to be interested in eventually playing with his close friend. Anthony also has a player option on his deal for next season (worth $23.5 million), and his connection to James has teams like the Lakers, Knicks and even the Heat wondering whether he may be able to join the four-time NBA MVP. The people requested anonymity because of sensitive nature of free agency talk.

Unless an offseason rule change allows for two basketballs to be on the court at the same time during games, there’s no way LeBron, ‘Melo and Kobe Bryant are going to be teammates. Forget the salary cap implications. That just doesn’t make sense and is not going to happen.

LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can all opt out of their contracts after this season, so there is room for the Heat to do some number shifting if they decided they wanted to make a run at Anthony. Still, it seems unlikely.

The most *likely* scenario (which isn’t likely at all) is that LeBron winds up with the New York Knicks if he leaves Miami. He could stick with his current contract for next season and sign with New York when Amar’e Stoudemire and a few others are cleared off the books in 2015, but it would be a shock if that came to fruition. Yes, even with Phil Jackson pulling the strings.

Bottom line — why would LeBron leave Pat Riley? Since joining the Heat, Riley has provided James with the supporting cast he needs to reach the NBA Finals each season. There’s no reason to believe he won’t continue to do that. LeBron has already won two championships in Miami and could have a third within weeks. He’s carving out his own legacy just like Kobe has with the Lakers and Michael Joordan did with the Bulls. Leaving would make no sense.

H/T Eye on Basketball

Carmelo Anthony reportedly meets with his crew to discuss free agent future

Carmelo Anthony KnicksCarmelo Anthony has not given a definite answer on whether he will opt out of his current contract with the New York Knicks, but we would all be shocked if he didn’t. Even if he decided to remain in New York, opting out would allow Anthony to sign a new deal with more years and more money. Who wouldn’t want that?

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Carmelo met with his agent, advisor and some other members of his entourage on Friday night to discuss his future as a free agent. Some would say the Knicks have an advantage in talks with Carmelo, as they can offer five years and around $130 million while other teams can offer a four-year, $96 million deal. But will New York make a max offer?

Phil Jackson indicated earlier this offseason that the team will need Anthony to take less than he is entitled to in order to give the Knicks flexibility to add other pieces. Carmelo also said he would take a pay cut to help New York sign other free agents, but that was before Jackson missed out on his top coaching target in Steve Kerr. Anthony might be worried about Jackson’s ability to recruit top free agents if he couldn’t even get his protege on board.

As Berman noted, the Knicks may still have the advantage on Anthony by default. The Houston Rockets — one potential destination for Carmelo — would need to move both Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik to make room for ‘Melo. The Chicago Bulls would have to get rid of Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson. That type of roster maneuvering would be extremely difficult.

I’m sure part of Carmelo wants to finish what he started in New York and prove he can bring a championship to his hometown. The other part of him just wants to win a championship in general. Does he trust that Jackson will be able to bring in the right head coach and fill out the roster with championship-caliber players? We’ll find out soon enough.

H/T SI Wire

Report: Phil Jackson tells Carmelo Anthony he fully expects to hire Steve Kerr

Steve KerrDespite rumors that Steve Kerr is interested in earning a head coaching position with an NBA team on the West Coast, all indications are that he is still on track to become the next coach of the New York Knicks. According to the Wall Street Journal, Phil Jackson told Carmelo Anthony over dinner earlier this week that he fully expects to hire Kerr.

Jackson had dinner with Anthony in a private room at the Tribeca Steakhouse in New York. He reportedly confirmed to Anthony, who is expected to opt out of his current contract, that he will attempt to re-sign him via free agency. Jackson also told Anthony he expects Kerr to be an extension of himself on the sidelines, which makes sense since Kerr played under Jackson for five seasons and won three NBA championships.

As further evidence that the Knicks are still likely to sign Kerr, the New York Post reported on Friday that the Los Angeles Lakers are not currently pursuing the TNT NBA analyst. The reason? They believe Kerr is already too far along in talks with Jackson and the Knicks.

Kerr lives in San Diego and has a daughter who attends college in California. Some believe he would prefer to coach closer to home, but there are simply too many signs connecting him to the Knicks. It would be extremely surprising if he ended up elsewhere.

H/T Rotoworld

Oscar Robertson tells Spike Lee that Carmelo Anthony should leave Knicks

Carmelo-Anthony-Knicks-DefenseCarmelo Anthony is set to opt out of his current contract with the New York Knicks and become a free agent. While the recent hiring of Phil Jackson has brought hope to a franchise in shambles, it may not be enough to convince Carmelo to stay. According to Oscar Robertson, Anthony shouldn’t consider sticking around anyway.

On Thursday, Robertson told Spike Lee (of all people) on SiriusXM NBA Radio that Anthony would be crazy to re-sign with New York.

“I would leave today. Let me tell you why,” Robertson said, as transcribed by Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk. “Wherever that kid has gone, when he was at Denver, they had a team that fooled around with the ball, then all of the sudden when they needed a basket, threw it to Carmelo. Then, when he shot the ball, they said he shot too much. Then when he didn’t shoot they said he didn’t shoot enough.

“No matter what he does in New York they’re going to criticize him, the people are going to criticize him, because you got guys on that team (the Knicks) that cannot play. You got guys that are hurt all the time…”

Spike was quick to point out that the reason the Knicks hired Jackson was to clean up the mess they have created. Robertson doesn’t care.

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Carmelo Anthony wants Phil Jackson to bring in second superstar

Carmelo Anthony KnicksCarmelo Anthony was frustrated with the way the New York Knicks’ season went and called the 37-45 record that resulted in the team missing the playoffs a “failure.” He has the opportunity to become a free agent this summer and wants to return to the Knicks, but he also wants to win.

Before committing to the Knicks longterm, ‘Melo is challenging new team president Phil Jackson to acquire another superstar.

‘Melo has a $23.7 million option next season but is expected to opt out in order to sign his last big free agent contract. The Knicks can pay him $129 million over five years, which is more than any other team can pay him.

“I’m not at a point in my career where I want to rebuild,” Anthony said at the team facility Thursday.

He said he is willing to sacrifice money to bring in talented players because he is so hungry to win his first championship.

ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor says ‘Melo specifically wants another superstar on the team, and he says it’s on Jackson to bring in Kevin Durant or LeBron James by 2016. I think that’s an absolutely ridiculous notion and something that will never happen, so that premise is just silly. Their more likely options will come in 2015 when LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love and Rajon Rondo are on the market. By then, it remains to be seen how much of a star the soon-to-be 30-year-old ‘Melo will be anyway.