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NBA Rumors: Carmelo Anthony Got ‘Mixed Signals’ From The Knicks

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After meeting with the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers, Carmelo Anthony met with Phil Jackson and company last Thursday in a last attempt to convince him to stay in New York.

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Initially, reports surfaced that the meeting with the Knicks brass went well. As a result, many believed Carmelo would simply be headed back to New York on a five-year deal worth $129 million.

Apparently, things have changed with rumors of Carmelo getting mixed signals from the Knicks about his contract offer, according to Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal:

According to a person familiar with the situation, Anthony felt as if he got mixed signals from the New York Knicks during his meeting with the team on Thursday. While Anthony and his camp were told that he could have a maximum contract if he wanted it, a source said, team president Phil Jackson continued to preach the virtues of taking less than the maximum—a message that left Anthony questioning whether the max offer was sincere.

It remains to be seen if Carmelo truly felt slighted by the Knicks during their meeting. If so, the Lakers might quickly become the frontrunner to land the superstar forward in free agency. Los Angeles can offer Anthony the most money in free agency outside of New York and that may ultimately prove to be the difference if he’s still being asked to take less money by Jackson.

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With Anthony wanting to take the holiday weekend to make his decision, Monday will be a big day for both the Lakers and Knicks. If Carmelo decides to sign with the Lakers, Pau Gasol might soon follow with the veteran forward hoping for another shot to contend and the addition of Anthony bringing the Lakers one step closer.

It’ll be interesting to see how things pan out over the next couple of days, but one thing is for certain, the Lakers remain in contention to land Carmelo.
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  • rival!

    Nice!

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  • WAYNER

    Carmelo Anthony will be a Los Angeles Laker by the morning.

    • vdogg

      from your lips…

      • WAYNER

        Your right ultimately its Carmelo’s decision to make but this is really a no brainer for me 4 yrs $97 Million Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Julius Randle 16 championships you get to chose a coach of your choice the weather, the city and the market is great

        it sounds like a winning situation whats really to lose if you leave the knicks other than more money you have no team you come to the Lakers you get enough money and a team and why get our hopes up if he resigns we will move on either way his loss.

        • Badazztj12

          Exactly, you are spot on

        • LakerSpartan117

          I don’t understand how ESPN doesn’t see that.. bunch of dumbasses they are

        • Zimmeredge

          If you are supposed to go nuts and crazy you Forget one big legitimate asset… Lebron… Hahaha

        • Howard Melnick

          Wayner… I am a huge Knicks Fan… Trust Me…. You can have him…. I am praying for sign and trade with Chicago…. Just ask Denver…. Melo is no winner!!!!!!

        • Super Girl

          You’re right Wayner, weather here is alot better in CALIFORNIA and I believe Jennie’s pitch is if you join the Lakers after your 4 year deal- I will give you the money which we GAVE KOBE another $50 million!!! who else could give him money that much after mid 30′s age except owners!!! Other teams which are run by GM’s do not have that much say on how much you could give players past their time.

    • LakerSpartan117

      Its gonna suck if we get all our hopes up, and we are all so sure he’s coming just to have him resign with the Knicks…. I really hope he doesn’t do that.

      • Marquis Richardson

        We are better off with Greg Monroe, Lance and eric Bledsoe in my opinion

        • Jeff

          are we? even if that was somehow financially possible I think those signings set the lakers up for 6 seed territory for years to come.. which is one of the worst spots to be in.

      • Kurt Vonnegut

        don’t worry, he’s not signing with you guys. feel free to focus on more realistic options. those 16 championships were won by previous teams, not the shell of a team the lakers currently are. with the idea of of being a serious contender for this year, and probably next year as well, off the table, money becomes the deciding factor. new york can offer more, and the knicks will remain his team. why would he come to LA for less money to be kobe’s underling with no chance of a title in the loaded west in the near future? if winning immediately was what he was truly after he’d sign with the bulls, but everyone knows he’s going to go where he’s going to get paid the most. well everyone but lakers fans apparently.

    • Al Haldie

      Its MORNING ??????

  • GOD Chri$$$ #Depressed

    this is just another sign that melo belongs in LA. lakers odds seem to be getting better by the day. Melo belongs in LA.

  • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

    I wonder what the lakers pitch was because LeBron &Carmelo are Impressed&are now Considering Them.

    • J Taylor

      1) Kobe, Gasol, Melo, Randle + 1 more FA (Stephenson?) and a deep bench.
      2) Max Money
      3) Endorsement money.
      4) Hollywood gigs (for wife, son, and Melo)
      5) Potential of another superstar next year.
      6) A serious run for 2 years, and then the Lakers are Melo’s team.
      7) All the benefits of living beside Hollywood.
      8) LA Weather.

      vs. Uncertainty in NYC and a wasted year next season.

      • ronald dregan

        ur crazy. no way they can afford another FA after signing melo. all their cap space is gone after they sign melo. their bench will be very weak. theyre starting line up will be good enough to contend even in a stacked conference, that is only if they all stay healthy. ima Laker fan btw

        • Redemption Rain

          You speak the truth, but I am afraid some people just don’t care about what you just said.

        • p1noyako

          Have you heard about veterans minimum? That’s what other players will do if either or both of Melo & LeBron decided to join the Lakers.

          • Redemption Rain

            Lebron has to take a pay cut if he wants to play with Melo in LA. He stated that he wanted max deal from the Heat forcing D-Wade and Bosh to take bigger cuts.

          • ronald dregan

            if lebron comes to LA then i can see that happening. but if only melo comes i dont think FA are looking at the Lakers as a championship contender.

          • Jeff

            have you ever heard of a good bench being made up of all vet minimums?

        • Badazztj12

          Yea you right about that but in 2 years we can once Kobe contract is up. Then we go for Davis and Durant

          • Felix Toosmoov Tostopdagroove

            If that’s the case he could just do that with New York.

          • Badazztj12

            I am talking about when Kobe contract up while still competing. Kobe said he is 100%. News says he has “fresh legs”

      • Chaca

        You got a old Kobe coming of injury doubt he’ll be the same..no coach…a rookie who hasn’t even played in the nba acting like you guys drafted wiggins..no bench..no other players..only good thing is the weather so why play their..smh..he definitely coming back to NY..stop worrying about signing Melo and worry about signing gasol!!

        • Chee

          Will see what happens

  • vdogg

    ultimately, the decision is his.. but one this is certain : nowhere else in the NBA will melo make more money off the court than he will with the lakers — wearing the purple and gold, being kobe’s teammate, being in hollywood — he will bring in more more cash and improve his brand like nowhere else in the league, INCLUDING new york.

    • Redemption Rain

      Hey vdogg, if we do get Melo, what’s the next step? It seems like its either us or NY, I think some of the Chicago reps stated they were doubtful getting Melo. So assuming we get him, who else do we sign and what is our financial flexibility.

      • Badazztj12

        Sessions or Mario Chalmers for defensive pg. Sessions can slash and pass. decent 3pt shot. Chalmers has excellent Defender, decent passer, great 3pt shooter

        • Redemption Rain

          LOL I like Sessions but dam, Mario…..watching him get shut down by the Spurs its hard for me to say yes to him.

          • Badazztj12

            Only two options right now for a starting pg lol

          • Redemption Rain

            Dam that’s not much, and having Melo’s contract (assuming we get him) is going to make things tougher for next weeks restricted free agency for Thomas, I still want to give Bledsoe a try.

          • Zimmeredge

            Too pricey. No chalmers and sessions are great. But chalmers ain’t gonna play here too expensive. Sessions? Bi annual?
            We need someone who can shoot the ball and stay in front of his opponent like dfish or blake

          • Redemption Rain

            I think Chalmers is pretty cheap, don’t see a lot of teams wanting him after seeing him play in the finals. I am still open on the idea of Thomas, he can do what you just mention but god knows how much that is going to be if we sign Melo.

          • Zimmeredge

            But he had high standard. Like 7-8m a year already. So to get it’s 4-5.

      • AJ

        Melo signs then Isiah Thomas will sign. Thomas was a 20 and 7 PG last year. We fill a few more bench spots with cap room then we resign gasol and young. We can go into the luxury to resign our own players.

        • bt

          EXACTLY
          - gasol yes, because we have his bird rights
          - young no, because we don’t.
          but lakers can afford to max melo + sign thomas (by moving or stretching nash) + sign gasol to say 10M/yr for 2 years + take on a mid level player or 2 and still be under the cap threshhold. (over the cap, under the threshhold).

          doing it this way we’d end up in 2016 w/ anthony/randle/thomas and 35-40M in available cap space…

  • GOD Chri$$$ #Depressed

    what are you waiting for?

  • LakerSpartan117

    C’mon!!! The wait is so damn painful!! Just announce you’re coming to LA, because the suspense it terrible!!!

    • rival

      I hope redemption and his boyfriend don’t come mess this blog up like they do all the other ones.

      • LakerSpartan117

        I honestly don’t know what their problem is. They are pretentious douchebags who wait to ambush people for not agreeing with their philosophies. Pathetic “realists”.

        • Jeff

          ha! i changed my mind, you are in the delusional loser category as well

          • LakerSpartan117

            OK…………. kind of late but whatever. Don’t know why you came up with that conclusion again..

          • Jeff

            calling me a pretentious? do you know what that word means? it’s amazing how using facts and common sense gets you labeled as a know it all or something.

          • LakerSpartan117

            I apologize, so please leave it Jeff. And yes I know what it means, a desire to impress through importance.

      • Redemption Rain

        Look at the two of you. Make a good couple

      • Jeff

        just because I don’t think getting carmelo, thomas, and stephenson is possibility doesn’t mean I don’t think getting carmelo is out of the cards or a bad thing. Get it right moron, oh wait you that’s impossible for you because you are a feeble minded loser who NEVER comes back with legit arguments or points. get lost

  • GOD Chri$$$ #Depressed

    just sitting here waiting for more melo news….

    • rival

      I feel u in here just smoking some herb feeling a Lil melo u know

      • GOD Chri$$$ #Depressed

        that’s wassup bro

      • Redemption Rain

        “smoking some herb”

        that explains a lot….

        • Badazztj12

          smh lol

          • Redemption Rain

            Not gonna lie, I want some too!

          • Badazztj12

            “I smoke I drank I suppose to stop but I cant uh huh” lol

        • rival

          Hey you made it glad you could join us. You see the 4 likes? Maybe you need to feel a Lil melo

          • GOD Chri$$$ #Depressed

            smokin that purp….and gold

          • Redemption Rain

            LOL I guess those herbs are really taking in to effect! It makes perfect sense now!

    • LakerSpartan117

      Same, this is one crazy fuckin waiting game.

      • GOD Chri$$$ #Depressed

        i’m so anxious for the news, been refreshing the home page a couple times an hour while doing some other stuff lol

        • Badazztj12

          Doing the samething lol

          • GOD Chri$$$ #Depressed

            Laker fans 4 life, through thick and thin.

          • Badazztj12

            No matter what!

          • LakerSpartan117

            4Life brotha!!

        • LakerSpartan117

          Same!! To me the offseason’s of sports in general are always fun to follow. Feel like I’m apart of the game!

  • igit

    melo should come here in LA, where stars are treated like stars not like bums, why the hell would you ask a star to take a paycut so to hire another one, just to get a ring? come to LA and be paid like a star regardless of the championship…

    • Yaya

      Sarcasm?

      • igit

        hahahaha… it all depends to you how you interpret it

  • LakerSpartan117

    Jordan Farmar just signed a 2 yr deal with the CLIPPERS, for 4.2 million. The second year is a player option……

    He’s dead to me…

    • Jeff

      why? because he wanted to stay in a city that he loves? do you really think the pathetic clippers are a rival or will ever amount to anything? Farmar came back to the lakers for cheap and seeing how they already have 2 PGs signed and interest in steve blake, farmar really had no chance in coming back. so i say good for him that he at least gets to stay in LA.

      • LakerSpartan117

        That’s true, and I can understand why he did it. But he left to a team that he knows we hate which sucks.

  • GOD Chri$$$ #Depressed

    we would 100% get melo if nash was gone smh

    • Redemption Rain

      how? Melo’s max deal still fits. Its just going to get a lot harder after assuming we sign Melo. Don’t think LA is going to amnesty him…..said it was “unethical”

      • GOD Chri$$$ #Depressed

        i know, but we would have cap space to get good role players to make the team better + we used our amnesty clause on MWP unless you mean stretch provision…

        • Redemption Rain

          We can stretch Nash don’t know about amnesty him because Mitch said it before “unethical” LOL But what role players? I think we can sign one guy within this lot.

          Thomas, Lance, Ariza, Deng, Parson, and etc. Other than that the rest of the roster is going to be D-League players again….and we only have 5 players on the books right now. So yeah…..not going to be easy with Kobe and Meo’s on contract. And some of our fellow Lakers fans thinks that Lebron is an option if we get Melo. Lebron is going to have to agree to a paycut if he wants to play with Melo and Kobe. But that leaving us with D-League one year deals with those 3, in order to fill up our roster.

          • Peter Griffin

            Lakers already used their amnesty on World Peace before last season. You only get it one time to use on any player but it also has to be on a contract from the old CBA.

          • Redemption Rain

            Thanks for bringing that up, so I assuming we stretch Nash, otherwise its going to be a lot harder to fill up the rest of the roster. Oh and potentially Pau is coming back if Melo joins.

          • Djkool82

            Nah don’t stretch him. Trade him or keep him. If we stretch him it basically takes up a roster spot at 3 million each year.

          • Redemption Rain

            Don’t know if anyone wants Nash, most likely Lakers keep him because they do not know what to do with him.

  • LakerSpartan117

    Oh and Kobe, Melo, and Kevin Love were spotted at UCLA playing together in a pickup game!!!

    Kobe looked amazing, “new legs” apparently!!

    The next Big 3 perhaps: Kobe, Melo, and Love

    Great day for news!!

    • GOD Chri$$$ #Depressed

      are you serious? Oh yeah melo is coming to LA for sure now. K-Love is my favorite player too…. and since kobe looked good i think we got melo in the bag. And love was there, makes me believe they’re planning something big.

      • GOD Chri$$$ #Depressed

        where’d you hear the news?

        • LakerSpartan117

          Its on Bleacher Report, tweets that confirm it

          • GOD Chri$$$ #Depressed

            we’re back. :’)

          • LAstory

            Heard this on FOXSports… interesting…

      • LakerSpartan117

        BELIEVE. (Halo reference).

    • rival

      I keep trying to tell redemption, anything is possible but he’s an idiot.

      • LakerSpartan117

        Stop.. its called flaming and flame bait. Just let it be and move on friend.

      • Redemption Rain

        You can’t even spell on a 5th grade level pal, you have no credibility to say anything. Listen to your boyfriend Spartan, because now you want to start something.

        • LakerSpartan117

          God you and the gay references. I’m trying to help the both of you and yet you attack me??? Fuck off fake Laker fan

          • Redemption Rain

            You have been attacking me all morning. Delusional fans call out fans fake when they are trying to tell them something important. Oh and what happen to not responding to me anymore? Its been only like 2 hours and now you are responding back to me.

          • rival

            Dude you keep coming into every blog talking about we can’t do this or that, when these updates keep proving you wrong.

          • Redemption Rain

            It hasn’t been confirm yet. I am telling you Plan B if we don’t get Melo. If no Melo means NO LEBRON. Melo better make his dam decision tomorrow or LA should just move on and find decent role players that doesn’t suck up our cap space.

          • rival

            And we all agree 100% so I don’t see why you bring negativity every time? Read the top Lakernation! Baby boy!

          • Redemption Rain

            I’m bring in a second plan and concerns if it doesn’t happen. Meanwhile you guys are celebrating I am thinking of what we can do if Plan A doesn’t work. I don’t celebrate ANYTHING until it happens. Also we have to see how next season plays out, I got way too excited with Nash and Dwight and the Lakers got their heads blown out. I’ll celebrate after we win a championship NOT before.

          • Jeff

            because you can’t do half of the shit you propose you moron. you say get carmelo, thomas, stephenson, etc etc as if that is even possible, which it isn’t. There hasn’t been one report that has mentioned anything like that. No they aren’t going to take vet minimum just to play with pau kobe and melo. god damn.. if you reply to this please reply with an actual argument. I’m dying to hear you talk about basketball and the financial side of things but all I hear are insults and “becuz we da prup and gold gotta believe anything”

          • Badazztj12

            Finally someone else who understands….

          • LakerSpartan117

            No… you have been constantly attacking me all morning. Any person who can read can go through all our comments today and see you started the attacks. And I don’t like sitting around while someone keeps referring to me as “boyfriend”..

          • Redemption Rain

            Last I check you attacked me first yesterday. That’s when my response became hostile. You attacked first pal. But anyways would you prefer “girlfriend” instead of “boyfriend?

          • LakerSpartan117

            We both, in fact everyone, knows you are referring to the gay slander. And you’re full of shit if you say otherwise. And you kept calling rival and I stupid, then backtracked and said rival was the stupid one. Full… of… shit.

          • Redemption Rain

            Ummm no I was referring to a gender slender. (sarcasm) Honestly the first time rival ever spoke to me when I was talking to independentbynature he said and I quote “your stupid bro” when I wasn’t even replying to him nor ever met him yet. I was speaking to REALISTIC Lakers fan such as BULL and independentbynature before he showed up. Now you making it look like I’m the bad guy lol. Also I can copy and paste from what had happen from yesterday between you and me. You pulled the trigger first pal. So if anyone is full of shit its you, otherwise you have short term memory.

          • LakerSpartan117

            You claim he needs to go back to English 101 and learn how to write… look at your post. “first time rival every”/ “Now you making”…. Full of shit

          • Redemption Rain

            LOL I am re-reading my comment again. And I don’t see it, get some glasses pal.

          • LakerSpartan117

            You can’t read remember? So you can’t read, write, or comprehend rational thought? Can you speak or is that unrealistic too?

            And there is a device called “Edit” right under your comment. LOL!!! If we refresh the page, it will probably be fixed!!

          • Redemption Rain

            Sorry but you haven’t proven anything. The more you defend rival and attack me, the more I assume that you two have something special going on. Multiple times he has used “your” and “you’re” incorrectly and doesn’t even bother to learn, that is enough evidence that your girlfriend isn’t so bright. Can’t say the same about the example that you use, oh and there is a word call “typo” look it up, especially when I’m texting this to you

          • independentbynature

            That was rivals first reply to me,too.Then he started with the gay stuff.He’s a troll.

          • Redemption Rain

            LOL idk, apparently this Spartan fellow should take the advice that he has given me and give it to his boyfriend rival. Since me and you where having a normal conversation when rival decided to join us LOL. These two are pathetic, even Jeff here can see that and because I try being reasonable in discussion with them I am being called a “fake Lakers fan,” or ” Mr.Negative” and so forth. Honestly I just learn the hard way that you can’t change people’s opinions, even if they are stupid ones.

          • independentbynature

            I gave up.It’s getting old.We’ll all see,probably tomorrow.If I’m wrong.that’s cool.I want what’s best for the Lakers.I just don’t see it happening,though.

          • Redemption Rain

            From recent news it looks like its either LA or NY, so yeah sorry about that Bulls, Rockets, or Mavs fans. But I have mix felling, am I happy that we can still attract super stars? Dam right I am, however I am sketch with our financial flexibility if we do sign Melo, I keep telling everyone that we only have like 5 players on our roster, but they are just “living in the moment” with this Melo news. Whatever, neither you, me, or anyone else on this site gets to make any of these choices. Hopefully whatever Mitch and Jim do will work and get us back into playoffs, then championships.

          • independentbynature

            We’re losing the best of our own FAs while we wait.Hill and Bazemore will be next.So,I hope it wasn’t for nothing.We’ll be the ones getting all the I told you so’s if it’s the Lakers.LOL.I get so many replies already,I can barely keep up with them.They flood my inbox.

          • Redemption Rain

            Even if we get Melo we can’t assume anything until it translates in to wins. I think most of us got cocky and arrogant when we got Nash and Dwight. Most of us where thinking about Lakers vs Heats Fianls 2012. It sounded great to see Kobe, Nash, and Dwight vs Lebron, D-Wade, and Bosh. Too bad that didn’t come true. So yeah, just cause we got Melo doesn’t mean anything, However no way we are going to suck as bad as last season with Melo, don’t see that.

          • independentbynature

            I knew that wouldn’t happen when we hired Antoni.Couldn’t have chosen a worse coach for Dwight.That’s when I knew he would leave as soon as he could.Jimmy really blew it.

          • Redemption Rain

            LOL yeah, Phil was perfect, Phil would have used what he learn from the Kobe-Dwight feud to control the two. The saddest part wasn’t that Dwight left, it was when we allowed him to leave for nothing, got so piss at Jim for not trading him for some assists. Dam Omar Asik could have been very useful and the Rockets didn’t even want him…..ugh…

          • Djkool82

            There is kind of a way to give us financial flexibility for the first two years. If you give it a backend deal. I think it’s 10 or 15 percent that you can to the final two years of the contract to give some flexibility for these two years. It will hurt later on though.

          • Jeff

            your boy rival just used that “gay slander” so what do you have to say about that?

          • LakerSpartan117

            That’s he is at fault too. I have no damn side to take. Just leave it alone. I really have no quarrel with any of you, so please drop it and let’s stick to basketball.

    • AirunDevon

      Let me get this straight…Kobe comes back at 36 and has “new legs” Derrick comes back at 25 and he’s no good according to most non-Bulls fans. Wow.

      • LakerSpartan117

        I hope Derrick comes back to full health and plays like the former MVP he is, and proves everyone wrong. But its more surprising to hear that Kobe at 36 plays like he has “new legs” than a young Derrick Rose. Just more interesting if you ask me…

      • EverAlwaysRealLife

        Hes only played 8 games the past two years…………

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Those three on the same team? Final score of every Lakers game will be in the neighborhood of 135-133. Disaster! Might as well keep last year’s roster instead.

  • AirunDevon

    Laker fans are delusional if they think they have a better team than the Bulls. I haven’t heard anyone outside of New York or LA say that Chicago wasn’t the best team for Melo to win. If he chooses either the Lakers or the Knicks it’s strictly a business decision and has nothing to do with winning.

    • Jeff

      of course chicago offers the best choice to win immediately, but teams like the lakers or even knicks can assure that future big free agents and role players will always have interest in playing in their markets. And nobody seems to mention that Derrick Rose hasn’t even really played for what 2 seasons now?

      whose to say the lakers wont win with carmelo? especially in a year or two?

      • AirunDevon

        In a year or two? He wins right now in Chicago even if Derrick never plays again. I truly don’t understand how people can’t just judge on the facts and not their hopes.

        • Jeff

          oh really? what the hell makes you think the bulls would win it all? go to the finals? sure, but is that saying much when you play in shitty joke of conference called the East? probably just get whooped by whoever represents the west. I want carmelo to come to the lakers, but i think youre overestimating his talent when you say the bulls would win it all even without rose

          “I truly don’t understand how people can’t just judge on the facts and not their hopes.”

          but then you said this right before?

          “He wins right now in Chicago even if Derrick never plays again.”

          thats a tad bit heavy on the hopeful side my chicago friend.

          • AirunDevon

            Like you said the Bulls play in the shitty east. Our road to the finals is not as hard as LA’s. With Melo we have the only piece we’re missing, scoring. We can shut down ANY team. We did it to all the teams in the east during the regular season, just couldn’t score…hello Melo.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            You talk like Melo’s going to start playing defense just because he puts a Bulls jersey on. Not happening.

    • Redemption Rain

      Not all of us are delusional pal. And your right its strictly business! Don’t generalize all of us Lakers fans.

      • AirunDevon

        So we can all agree the Bulls are the better team and better choice if your priority is to win?

        • Redemption Rain

          Yes, but look at Melo he wants cash, its his decision

          • AirunDevon

            If he stays in New York and takes max money I don’t EVER want to hear him say he only wants to win. Just cash your checks and keep it moving.

          • Redemption Rain

            You a Bulls fan?

          • AirunDevon

            You can’t see my avatar? Chi-Town til I lie down.

          • Redemption Rain

            No its blank….

          • EverAlwaysRealLife

            He’s right, if he wants to win in NY, you take the paycut and help Phil improve the roster with the extra cap space…129 million over 5 years is fucking insane

          • Redemption Rain

            He can easily go with the Bulls with a pay cut and not have to go through rebuilding New York. I am a Lakers Fan but IF he wants to win he is going to the Bulls. But with the latest news it seems like its either LA or NY. Tomorrow hopefully he will make his decision so we can move past this.

          • EverAlwaysRealLife

            He wants to win in New York though, if he takes the max I dont want to hear him say anything about winning again

          • Redemption Rain

            We don’t know if he “want’s to win” in NY. If Melo takes up that 5 year deal with NY you guys are screw. You guys still have Amir’s contract. Its simple if he wants to “win now” he has to go to the Bulls and sacrifice his pay check, if he wants money its either LA or NY. NY can offer more money and LA offers cap space to build a roster around him for the coming years, especially when Kobe’s contract is over in 2 years. Its his choice now…..

          • EverAlwaysRealLife

            He stated many times he wants to win in New York, yes I be very disappointed if Melo takes the max deal, rumors have it the knicks are trying to trade Amare and shump to the sixers, that move along saves $25 million in cap space..Once Amare and Bargnanis contracts are off the books, the knicks can sign another max summer of 2015, I cant see him going to Chicago because theyre offering less and Rose aint healthy, only way he go to Miami if Bosh leaves and LeBron resigns..

            Once LeBron makes his decision, all the dominons will fall…Heres how its gonna go, LeBron resigns with Heat, so does Bosh and Wade..

            If Bosh makes a decision before LeBron which wont happen to leave for Houston and LeBron resigns with Miami, Melo will make a new big three in Miami, with him Lebron and wade…

            If Lebron heads for Cleveland, Bosh will sign with Houston and Melo will still resign..

            The only way I can see Melo leaving is if Bosh leaves for Houston and LeBron resigns with Miami BUT that wont happen because Bosh wont go to Houston if LeBron signs..All in all, Melo will resign with NYK, I bet my life on it, everyone knows already…

            sorry if ive confused you, you get it through

          • Redemption Rain

            I agree with the top half but those are rumors. Its a good plan and its something all Knicks Fans should be cheering for but we will see.

            Scenario 1: However Lebron could resign with the Heat and convince Melo to join while Bosh being the odd man out joining the Rockets.

            Scenario 2: If LBJ goes to the Cavs obviously Bosh will join the Rockets or any team giving him a max. If that’s the case its either LA or NY. Its not NY for sure since LA is still consider to be in the competition with Chicago and New York.

            Honestly as a “strange” Lakers fan I want Melo to sign with you guys for max 5 years LOL. Leaving us with Ariza, Lance, Thomas, Parson, and etc. So we can have a team, then shop for YOUNGER free agent superstars in the next year.

          • EverAlwaysRealLife

            Scenario 1 wont happen, if LeBron resigns, Bosh will take a paycut to stay with the heat to play with LeBron once again..LeBron aint gonna blackball Bosh to get Melo there, thats just fucked up

            Scenario 2: The only team I see Bosh signing with is the Rockets if LeBron chooses to leave Miami..

            I want melo to resign but not for the max, I think he take the paycut like he said he would, we’re banking on the summer of 2015, not what happens this year, Melo in the triangle offense will excel his game and dont be surprised if Gasol comes to NYC too if Phil saves some more cap space..

            honestly though, I know LeBron loves the attention and to me this is all a smokescreen, I be shocked if he goes back to Cleveland, I think hes waiting to make his decision during the world cup finals this sunday so it can overshadow it perhaps.. Hes meeting with Riley today at 3 PT, so we’ll what happens

        • rival

          Lol yea right specially with rose hurt the last 2 years. How many rings do any players on there squad have? Kobe randle gasol melo lol. Please just stop right there.

          • AirunDevon

            What?!?! Are you really on here trying to say that the Lakers have a better team than the Bulls? Even without Derrick we’re better than the Lakers and Knicks.

          • rival

            I just have you a scenario. Let me here your bulls scenario so we can all laugh.

          • AirunDevon

            Here’s the Bulls scenario. We get Melo in a sign and trade for Boozer and Dunleavy. Don’t be fooled by Phil Jackson’s b.s. that he won’t take Boozer because if Melo goes to him and says “I’m going to the Bulls get something in return” Phil is gonna have to take the deal. Melo then gets his $20mil a year. Our starting line up would be Taj, Noah, Melo, Rose and Butler. Our bench would be Mirotic(he’s signing right after Melo if he decides to come to the Bulls), Augustine, Hinrich, Snell and McDermott. Better TEAM than the Lakers or Knicks can put together.

          • rival

            We offer flexibility to bring in who ever he wants and he likes that, any superstar that has ever signed with us has never walked away without a ring. Howard was too stupid to figure that out. Wet offer more in just one short sentence compared to what you wrote . pau randle melo Kobe

          • AirunDevon

            Dude I love Kobe but this is the end of the road for him. Melo needs to win now in his prime. Those four you named are not winning the West. Who is playing defense? You are gonna have to stop someone sometime. If Melo comes to the Bulls in the east we are going to make it to the finals this year, who’s gonna stop us? Indiana? Miami? We may not win in the finals but we’re getting there.

          • an

            Phil wont help bulls in sign an trade if melo not gonna sign knicks Phil rather melo go to lakers than bulls

          • AirunDevon

            Phil will do whatever Melo forces him to do. You think he’s gonna tell Melo no? Just like Cleveland did when Lebron left, just like Toronto when Bosh left he’ll do the sign and trade.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Why would he make the trade? If he loses Melo, they’ll be a lottery team no matter what next season…probably a lottery team with Melo. No sense adding assets that will lead to a few extra wins and then be gone at the end of the season anyway.

          • rival

            Gave you*

          • Redemption Rain

            Dude you can’t change his mind. Yes he is one of those Lakers fans. But to be fair you guys ain’t offering much money to Melo.

  • Carters Room

    This is the scenario:

    We can sign Melo for a max contract for four years at about $21.5 mil a year. This will leave us with about $500k in cap space. We then have the option to either trade Steve Nash’s expiring contract OR use the stretch provision on him. Trading Nash would grant us an extra $9 mil in cap space, while using the stretch provision will grant us about $6 mil in cap space.

    If we are able to trade Nash’s contract we are still in line for signing a notable free agent (possibly Isiah Thomas, Chadler Parson, Eric Bledsoe, Lance Stephenson etc.).

    The best part of this situation is that we have Pau Gasols Bird Rights. That means we can resign Pau even if we dont have the necessary cap space. So if we can sign Melo, get rid of Nashs contract and sign another notable free agent we still have the option to resign Gasol.

    My dream lineup would be:
    Eric Bledsoe
    Kobe Bryant
    Carmelo Anthony
    Julius Randle
    Pau Gasol

    Wishful thinking, but I believe in miracles

    • rival

      Would the championship parade be at the coliseum?

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      You can’t sign any big $$ guys if Pau’s cap hold is taking up all our cap space. And the Suns have said several times they will match any offer on Bledsoe.

  • LakerSpartan117

    Ryan Ward just tweeted this:

    “Last I checked, fans have the right to be fanatical. Fans have the right to get excited about Kobe, Melo and K-Love balling it up.”

    But I guess to some people, getting exciting about something like this is “delusional and foolish”… We all need to “go back down to reality”.
    I’M LOOKING AT YOU BILL SIMMONS!!!!!

    But from the words of a Legend:

    “We are the music-makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” – Willy Wonka

    • EverAlwaysRealLife

      The problem with that is that pickup never happened, many people rebuked that, Love wasnt even there… Melo is staying in NY, he loves the city and gets an extra year and 30 million dollars on his contract…As a knick fan though, i wouldnt give Melo the max, only players deserving that is LeBron, Durant and CP3…. We’ll see what happens but no way in hell Melo goes to LA to help Kobe win his 6th ring, LeBron aint going there either for the same reason

      • LakerSpartan117

        Show me the evidence other than Adrain Woj. who only said Kevin Love wasn’t there. I would love see who these “many people” are. And if you aren’t a Laker fan…. then wtf are you doing on this site? The most important thing to take from your post is the “Melo won’t help Kobe win his 6th ring” part. Kobe and Melo are very close friends, and Melo would do whatever it takes to get his 1st. What kind of friend wouldn’t want to help his friend?

        • EverAlwaysRealLife

          Go watch Sportscenter and go look at twitter updates from live NBA reporters, they all debunked that…. Do you know what article youre commenting on? Another ignorant thing to say by a laker fan…. Melo wont go to LA and wont a win a ring with Kobe either, they dont even have a fucking head coach for christs sake, Melo is just them for leverage, thats all..Hes resigning with NY

          • LakerSpartan117

            OH NO THE ABSENT HEAD COACH POINTED OUT AGAIN!!!!!! Looks like you got me… No free agent wants to go somewhere where there’s no head coach.

            No, they rather go to a team where there is an inexperienced head coach in place and manipulative jackass who for some reason is nicknamed
            “The Zenmaster” because every ESPN analyst and their followers who blindly watch Sportscenter without questioning their motives (They’re a NEWS broadcaster smart one) is a brainless hipster.

            You’re probably going to give me more “reasons” why he’s going to resign with the Knicks that ESPN spoon-fed you. Like “Oh he’ll get $30 million more than what anyone else could give him” except he’ll opt out of the third year anyway to accommodate his new contract that’ll net him more money through the new T.V. contract and CBA.

            Or, “Phil Jackson will sign guys next year like Kevin Love or Rondo”. That’s a huge risk to take if you’re Melo, because even if they have cap space they might not want to play there. Phil has never built a team from scratch, he should be sucking West’s and Kupchack’s dicks for the rosters they got Phil.

            Don’t fuck with me man! I’m a Lawyer!!

          • EverAlwaysRealLife

            So when Melo resigns in NY, what are you gonna do? Phil Jackson has 5 rings with the lakers LOL at a laker fan talking shit about Phil Jackson…

          • LakerSpartan117

            If we miss out on Melo, IF we do. We embrace and adapt… We are just fans of game, I’m not qualified to make those types of decisions on what to do next. But I can speculate and support my team through thick and thin.

            And of course I can talk shit about the so called
            “Zen Master” all I want. I appreciate everything he’s done, for the Bulls and Lakers. But IMO, any coach would have won with the 2 greatest SG’s of all time (and the greatest players 1(MJ) and 2(Kobe)], the most dominant center in Shaq, the greatest versatile defender in Pippen, and great role players like Rick Fox, Robert Horry, Brian Williams, and John Paxton.

            Phil could control ego’s but he had one himself… that disqualified him as being Zen imo. But hey!! Good Luck with him running your Knicks!!

            So if we miss out on Melo, it would suck… but we’ll be fine.
            Can’t same the same for your team though!

          • EverAlwaysRealLife

            Kobe is retiring in two years and Gasol might not even be a laker, Nash is going to retire in a couple of years also and you guys have no head coach…What are you talking about? Lakers only hope right now is Randle and it looks like neither Melo nor LeBron will sign with the lakers, the Clippers ran you guys out of town

  • Lakers4Life

    Once we get LeBron, all the other pieces will fall perfectly. Do not worry my fellow Laker fans.

    • AirunDevon

      The delusion continues

      • Badazztj12

        I have to agree on that as a Laker fan….

    • TheLakers

      DH did not want to deal with Mike D and mitch. So Lebron wants to come?

  • Spiderman

    Everybody was HATING on Kobe getting that contract. But it’s proof to potential stars coming here that the Lakers are willing to pay (and go over the luxury tax) as long as you win.

    Contrary to other teams that are asking their stars to take pay cuts to continue winning (**ahem HEAT ahem**)

  • Badazztj12

    It’s 7:30 in CAL. I think he will make decision at midnight.

    • Jeff

      why would he ever do that?

      • Badazztj12

        Dude I said I think. I could happen any time.

  • Mark Townes

    I been rooting for the Lakers ever since I was a kid and Magic came to town and will DIE a Laker fan, having said that, I just dont see Mitch having the same “touch” as J West when it comes to pulling the SHOCK of the NBA off.. I just dont.. I mean, so far, all we’ve done is take L’s.. Bazemore seemed like a decent pick up.. He’s gone.. Kamen was servicable.. Gone.. and Farmar, for all his Rah Rah, I’m a “Laker” talk.. bolted to the Sterling’s… see the trend? I dunno ? I was hoping out of all those years learning from the Logo, Mitch would become our savior since we all know Jimmy is a dumbass.. but.. I just dont see it happening :( but hopefully, thats why I’m a lowly aircraft mechanic and NOT the GM of the best sports franchise in my lifetime

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Bazemore’s not gone. Kaman has always had problems with coaches and was never coming back to LA after the way last season went. There’s no room on the roster for Farmar; we still need a starter, and Marshall (with his $900k contract) will server just fine as a backup. Mitch has done just fine as GM. Since he’s taken over we have seen 6 finals appearances and 4 titles. Since his first major moves, in 11 seasons we have 4 finals appearances and 2 titles. Only the Heat and Spurs have done better in the same time.

  • abel

    Im from houston u can have melo we want bosh

    • independentbynature

      I thought all you needed was Howard and the title was yours.You couldn’t even beat the Blazers,Who are you gonna need after Bosh isn’t enough?You have your own ball hog named Harden.Whatever else you get,it won’t be enough.You’re 1st rd. fodder for the real contenders.Rockets are PRE-tenders.We’re laughing at you,too.LOL

    • independentbynature

      Sprockets are #3………In Texas.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      If the Rockets just want a PF who can shoot from 18′, there are plenty of cheaper options than Bosh. There is a major difference between the Rockets and any other team with aspirations of greatness–the Rockets have no respect for the really important role players on the team. First the Asik mess, then apparently not appreciating Parsons, then Melo in Lin’s jersey, not zero respect for TJones. Lin’s not all that, but those other guys would all be valuable to any contender.

  • abel

    U lakers fans are desperate lol h ah losers even if you land ball hog melo you wont get into playoffs

    • independentbynature

      If it takes ten years,Lakers will still win a title before the Sprockets.You and Dwightmare are just 1st rd. fodder.

      • Bruce

        How you know he’s a rockets fan?

        • independentbynature

          He said he’s from Houston.

      • Bruce

        nevermind, saw his previous post

    • SirHambone

      You obviously have no basketball knowledge! We have 16 titles! When we have a bad year or two, you can expect us to come back! That is what we do! LAKERS!

  • Guilherme Filomeno

    I would go for this lineup..trade nash for pick (any pick)

    Chalmers, Kobe, Melo, Pau, Hill

    Clarkson, Randle, Young, Sacre, Marshall, Henry, Bazemore, +fillers

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      You said “+fillers.” I don’t know about Clarkson yet, but trust me that Chalmers, Marshall, and Henry ARE fillers.

  • Doug

    Why does no one seem to think the Lakers are willing to go over the cap??? If LBJ and Melo wanna come does anyone think they won’t take that hit???

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Because the CBA doesn’t allow it. Of course they would be willing to go over the cap, but they’re not allowed.

  • Al Haldie

    Hay MELO its july 7 th Monday @ 7:27 in the morning – what are we waiting for now its time SPEAK…..Past the point of being FUNNY….ANSWER…

  • Ryry Miguel

    You LA fans are hopeless and sad at the same damn time. Why would Melo, a player chasing a ring go to a garbage squad like Lakers ? Terrible owner, no coach, old broken down injury prone Kobe, Old broken down injury prone Nash and nothing else ? Who want to go to that ? You people are retarded smh. The Knicks are in better shape than LA so if he just want’s to lose and make money NY it is. Dude is either staying put, going to Chi or Mia. Lakers ? GTFOH

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