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NBA Free Agency Rumors: Carmelo Anthony To Meet With Knicks After Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers will meet with free agent forward Carmelo Anthony on Thursday in attempt to convince the perennial All-Star on signing with the storied franchise.

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Mitch Kupchak, James Worthy, Jeanie and Jim Buss will be involved in the pitch to Carmelo, but after that meeting with the Lakers, the superstar will meet with the Knicks in Los Angeles, according to ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard:

Before heading to Los Angeles on Thursday, Anthony met with the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, and Dallas Mavericks. The Knicks will sit down with Carmelo after the meeting with the Lakers. Phil Jackson and the Knicks brass hope to have a verbal commitment from Anthony by Thursday night.

Although some of Anthony’s suitors will provide the opportunity to contend right out of the gate like the Bulls and Rockets, the superstar returning to New York seems to be more and more likely. The Knicks can offer more money and years on a new deal than any other team and now have infrastructure in place to change the culture in New York.

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With Jackson and Derek Fisher calling the shots in New York, Anthony may finally have the kind of stability in the front office and on the sidelines to create a winning atmosphere.
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  • Zimmeredge

    phil jackson willl look like a clown if he gives melo the max contract. he said a month ago that ny will not give him the max because if melo wants to win he must help them financially and all that bs. now phil knows how good the lakers’ proposal might be appealling for melo and so he will give him the max… where is your mojo jax?

    • TheTruthKills

      We’re in a similar situation in LA. If we give Melo $22 million we’d only have 9 million to fill the rest of the roster (if we stretch Nash). If Pau comes back for that takes up most of the money we have left. In the West a core of Kobe/Melo/Pau is a playoff team, but not a championship contender. If he stays in NY Melp will have to wait a year until the cap finally opens up for them. If they can dump Amare they will have a ton of money to spend on a guy like Kevin Love (assuming he doesn’t sign an extension once he’s traded). We’re more similar to NY than you think.

      • oNeDelusion

        Sure, the situation may look rather similar, but you miss 1 thing. Though each team will have exact amount of cap space, only one of two have Kobe Bryant.

        • Zimmeredge

          and only one of the two will give melo double opportunity under kobe and then when kobe’s gone is 16 with 25m to spend.

      • Zimmeredge

        knicks won’t be contending for two seasons. then again we have the ability to go above the salary cap this year to get role players and a bench and get rookies on the cheap.

        • TheTruthKills

          Perhaps, but in the East the only team they would have to go through is Miami. In the West there are probably 10 teams better than we are. So we won’t be competing these next 2 years with or without Melo.

          • Zimmeredge

            only miami? charlotte, whsington, pacers, atlanta or toronto will also beat their ass. cavs are also there and then you have orlando with young guys

          • Badazztj12

            Miami now don’t even know what they are gonna do too, so not so fast!

      • cyborgspider

        Kobe/Melo/Pau + J30 :)

        A lot of pressure to put on a rookie, but if he can sneak in and average 10 rebounds a game, draw fouls and bring youthful exuberance, it will bring a great dynamic to the team.

  • afs

    I don’t know how well a Kobe-Melo combo would work honestly. Yea it’s a major scoring combo, but it’s also two guys who always want the ball.

    • Zimmeredge

      it’s two versatile offensive players who can hurt teams in a lot of ways not only that their game compliment each other they have huge similarities and this is a great thing.

      • afs

        I agree that they are both definitely two of the best players in the league. But I wouldn’t agree that it exactly would be smooth sailing in trying to get shots.

        • Zimmeredge

          kobe/melo can play in the low block. then, the can pull up a jumper. then they can hit threes. pau in the middle to make the link inside outside kick it out on the weak side offense. it makes sense.

          • Brian

            hard to even imagine how to defend those three when they are on the court together.

          • cyborgspider

            What about J30? Isn’t he a post player too? That’s four players who are most effective down low?

          • Badazztj12

            Need to work on low post but was the best in the draft in high post

  • Zimmeredge

    kobe will meet with melo in person after knicks meeting. come on black mamba bite him with the purple n gold fever juice!

    • rajap

      Kobe would’ve been there if he wanted to be there. He’s been on vacation for a month. It’s pretty obvious that Kobe knows the Lakers have no chance at getting him or he just doesn’t want him there.

      • Zimmeredge

        so kobe should just cancel his vacation a month before just for melo? that does not make any sense. plus players text each others. according to reports and rumors kobe ‘s been texting melo about this move for a while now.

        • rajap

          No, what I’m saying is that he didn’t have to change any vacation plans because he knows that he’s no coming to the Lakers. Just because he’s been texting him doesn’t mean anything. Melo has made stops in Chicago and Houston and he’s has face to face interactions which is much more important. Otherwise, why would they all come then. They all could’ve gone on vacation too and just texted, right? You have too much faith that Melo is coming to LA. It’s a pipe dream.

          • Zimmeredge

            why knicks coming in a hurry to la?
            i don’t have faith. i’m just waiting. not being delusionnal.
            it’s crazy how laker fans are depressed right now since cp3 and dwight didn’t come.
            kobe couldn’t predict that lakers’ meeting was advanced and he couldn’t predict his flight was delayed that’s all.

          • rajap

            Knicks are coming to LA because Melo lives in LA in the summer, so it makes plenty of sense to come there. Why does Melo have to go to NYC. He doesn’t need to see banners and all because he’s already there. Nobody is depressed about CP3 and Dwight. We would’ve like CP3, but he’s better off without us. Dwight has proven that he would’ve been a waste if he stayed in LA. He will never amount to anymore than he is right now. We just want to construct a team that can contend, but right now we can’t do that because we have no leverage. All we have is Kobe at a max deal for another 2 years clogging up the cap.

          • Zimmeredge

            kobe does not have a max deal.
            and yeah if you don’t get melo… you can say bye bye to your contending dream for at 3-4 seasons. until 2003 generation is on the down side of their career.

          • rajap

            Yeah, but 23-24mil a year is max towards the cap. In the grand scheme of things, it’s a max contract. Even if we got Melo, we would still need pieces to contend. Miami had a starting 5 this year and nothing past that because they had no cap room, so even if Melo came, they aren’t instant contenders.

          • Badazztj12

            You know we can go over the cap to sign Gasol and stretch nash to sign the bench

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            No we can’t. Gasol counts as $20 million toward the salary cap until he is signed somewhere or renounced. His salary counts toward the cap BEFORE we add any free agents.

          • Zimmeredge

            cap holds story yeah. but mitch seemed pretty confident on this one.

          • Badazztj12

            Pretty obvious we signing him first then Melo. If you need sources check on Bleacher Report

          • Zimmeredge

            none of the teams involved are instant contenders even the bulls or the rockets because whether it’s incoherent or they lack bench depth…

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        The report I saw said the meeting time was changed and Kobe’s flight was delayed. He planned on being there. And I really don’t think it matters, because they talk to each other all the time.

  • Zimmeredge

    rambis to the knicks… so no rambis to coach LAL. it’s Byron Scott’s time as a purple n gold.

    • Jim213

      Phil ain’t no fool. Didn’t even give Melo a few days to think about other possible alternatives. But if Phil and Fish are willing to fly to LA to meet with Melo says a lot of their intentions to keep him. Yet Jim Dolan can’t even fly his lazy behind to meet with Melo?

      Lakers have a shot but don’t know how good of a chance they have with Melo meeting Phil within the same day tho Kobe will meet with him last. Anthony has been pursuing a conversation with Pau Gasol about playing together on the Knicks, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        Melo probably want to know if Pau is considering going to the Knicks. I assure you he is not. Pau wants to contend for championships, which he cannot do in NY, and he wants to earn $10-12 million, which he cannot do in NY.

  • Daniel

    With Kobe, Gasol and Melo, who is going to play defense? we need fresh legs, good players but hungry and willing to go all out. Melo plays when he wants, whenever he feels like it. I already predict a clash with Kobe because of that.
    And for people who thinks we need a “superstar” to bring other good players, just look at the Pacers, look at the Spurs. Just win baby, that is what everybody wants. And a diva like Melo whose wife decides where he will play, UHHHH I don’t like that.
    Gasol, yeah, he is a good back up at this point. He was never a good defender in the paint, now even worst.

    • ADox

      agree!

    • Azamt

      A lot of Laker fans are all talk when they say they want Defense. Yet they go out crying that they want Pau whose D is worse than ever, and Melo who only plays D when he wants to which isn’t very often.

      • cyborgspider

        It’d been nice to have an Asik or Gortat at C and a Collison-type at PG. Kobe, Randle and Melo would cover the offense and those dudes can hustle, rebound and help cover for the other’s weaknesses. Truth be told, a strong defensive SYSTEM from a smart coach will be the best bet. Stan Van Gundy had Turkoglu, Jameer Nelson and JJ Redick, not defensive powerhouses by any stretch, but the Magic were tough defensively (yes, they had D12 but he was ineffective with the Lakers “system”)

  • ADox

    I have been a laker fan since grade school. And it hurts me to see that this free agent players will just make a joke on my beloved team. Take a look at Dwight-C, he opted to go to Houston, what’s in Houston that LA can’t give? Some say that the pitch to Dwight was bad. Some maybe because we had a coach that is not fit him?There is always a reason not to be a Laker Now it’s Melo turn, he can’t say you have a coach that don’t fit me, coz we don’t even have one. No cap space..not enough money…. what? you don’t have the team that I want… well maybe that he can use, coz we don’t even have team right now. Would Melo be just like Dwight C. and give Laker fans false hope? I hope not.

    • rajap

      It’s funny how everyone wanted to run to LA a couple years ago and things have quickly changed. They talk about LeBron coming to LA, but having a better chance of signing with the Clippers. Where has the lust of being a Laker gone? Well, Jim Buss has been the driving force to bring the team to a steady decline. It all started with Phil. He could’ve brought him into the Front Office a couple years ago and all would’ve been saved. Jim Buss’ ego is to blame for everything.

      • Zimmeredge

        it’s funny because jim came up the phil idea but jerry said no.

        • TheTruthKills

          But it was Jim’s idea to retain D’antoni and he would have retained him again had he not demanded his option be picked up.

          • Zimmeredge

            this summer? the fo refused to pick his 2y option.
            why hire a new coach last season. we didnt have any ambition next season and we needed a coach who will interview subpar players for next year.
            stop blaiming jim for not hiring phil, jim proposed phil. jerry had the last word on this.
            jim and jeanie followed their father’s word which were not to give a step in the team to phil and although i was/am against that you have to be true to the facts.
            now can we move on and be optimistic.

          • TheTruthKills

            Where in my statement did I place blame on Jim for the D’Antoni failure? I simply pointed out that he retained him while some of the other siblings wanted him gone (according to some reports, but I digress). Besides, what’s done is done. Jim says he’ll step down if the team isn’t in title contention in “3-4 years”. As fans we’ll have to hold him accountable in the event he does fail.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Also, as fans we’ll have to hope he succeeds.

          • TheTruthKills

            Of course.

          • Zimmeredge

            3-4 years that’s exactly the contract we are able to propose to melo. so no melo no jimmy. he is trying his best to get a guy who’ll make the difference and help the team.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Free Agency comes and goes in the flash of second.I am a big Mitch Kupchak fan and i also like Jim Buss those are my guys.Anyways Mitch is a great GM and a very persuasive man that is highly respected as a top rated GM in the NBA.Carmelo Anthony is obviously looking for a new team by making the free agency rounds tour and we might as well try to get him to sign with us,it’s worth a try and i am honored to see he gave The Lakers a visit and a meeting.Whether he signs with us or not is up in the air at this time.If i had to take a guess i would say the sign is in the air.If he signs with the us it will be showtime 2.0 with Kobe/Carmelo/Randle/Pau or someone else who is a baller.In Mitch We Trust!

    • ADox

      I just hope everything pans out with the Lakers this year. Hate to see us being a joke every time the team plays. I hope we can have players who will really bleeds the PURPLE and GOLD. I hope we can still find these type of players.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        I watched last season Lakers and it was awful.Worst Lakers team ever and it was no fun at all,team had a bunch of chuckers and no defense it was terrible.I watched most of the 90′s rebuilding Lakers with Eddie,Nick,Vlade,Elden,Sedale,Cedric at least that was fun to watch even though the team was not very good at least they were respectable and not a damn joke like last season.Mitch also gave us the Kobe/Smush/Kwame trio lol oh well i dealt with it and it was not so bad kinda entertaining watching Kobe score so much.Lets at least make it fun and be a respectable team working it’s way up to a championship right away.In Mitch We Trust!

  • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

    A rookie president of basketball operations and a rookie head coach are going to provide stability? I don’t think the author knows what stability is.

    • Badazztj12

      Talking about the Knicks?

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        That’s what he said. There *might* be stability in the future, but there certainly is none right now for the Knicks.

        • Zimmeredge

          especially with james dolan.

        • Badazztj12

          True

  • Ty

    Just because Phil was a great coach, everyone is so quick to assume it’s going to translate to him being a great GM/Pres. of BBall operations. That whole Steve Kerr fiasco where Phil got left standing at the altar blew up in his face and Phil took some from the NY fans/media. And Phil surrounding himself with his cronies who share the same philosophy and style, pretty much a bunch of “yes men”, I see this grand expirement blowing up in his face.

    • vdogg

      let carmelo go back to NY, where that team won’t be winning anytime soon. i have no doubt that phil will get the team there eventually, but remember — melo is 30, not 23. if carmelo doesn’t want to be a laker, fine. let’s move on and get some players signed already. oh, and a coach would be nice.

      • Badazztj12

        Yea we do know that. Mitch really said that. if he doesn’t come we start going back to the mid-level options

  • Derek Clark

    Did any of you hear that Kobe isn’t going to make the meeting in time and is meeting with Melo AFTER the Knicks? Who else thinks that was planned by the Mamba to get the last word in? ;)

    • Badazztj12

      Could have but they did say his flight was delay but seems like the plan with sources saying that Kobe is planning to meet him after the meeting with the Knicks

  • roseducanna

    LAKERS now can’t sign with MELO, go to another plan , try to sign with STEPHENSON,PASSON and GASOL.
    1-Stephenson.,Farma-Marshal.
    2- Kobe. Bazemore
    3-Passon- Randle-Kelly
    4- Gasol. Sacre

    • ben

      Who is Passon?

      • roseducanna

        Sorry my man PARSONS of Houston. OK. Thank

  • Badazztj12

    Escorted to his car by Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak on the way out, Anthony stopped to say hello to reporters and signed autographs for Lakers fans but declined to comment on the meeting.

    “You know I can’t say anything right now, but I wanted to stop and say hey,” Anthony said.

    A person who was in the Lakers’ pitch said they thought it went “really well” and added, “I don’t know how big of a shot we have, but I think we have a shot.”

    Another Lakers source described Anthony as “extremely attentive” throughout the meeting.

  • Bryant T. Jordan

    I would be very surprised if we landed Melo and downright SHOCKED if we landed LeBron … but, I would be happy with an Isaiah Thomas / Kobe / Trevor Ariza / Julius Randle / Pau Gasol starting five … and that is absolutely do-able!

    – Thanks for taking the time to read this post,
    Bryant T. Jordan
    Author of “Saving the Lakers: A Be the General Manager Book”
    @Bryant T. Jordan

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