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NBA Rumors: Carmelo Anthony To Leave Knicks In Free Agency

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The speculation surrounding Carmelo Anthony’s immediate future with the New York Knicks has run rampant during the 2013-14 NBA season. Conflicting reports have surfaced on a weekly basis on whether he’ll stay in New York or test the free agent waters this summer.

According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith on First Take on Monday, Anthony is on his way out of New York:

“I was told this last week, I was told this a few days ago, I had it reiterated to me by somebody I trust implicitly yet again this morning, that Carmelo Anthony is gone. He is leaving New York City. There are those like myself who still hold out the possibility that that may not be true because I know that Carmelo Anthony loves his money. I know that he loves playing in New York if they were successful (…) but from what I’m being told, he is gone. And he is gone because he is of the mindset that in order to achieve any modicum of success he would have to sacrifice not just this this year but next year as well.”

With Phil Jackson agreeing to become the president of basketball operations for the Knicks and promising a culture change, many believe the franchise is headed in the right direction.

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Unfortunately for Anthony, time is running in terms of contending for a title while still in the prime of his career. Anthony isn’t getting any younger with the star forward set to turn 30 in May and this may be the last chance to join a contender while also signing a lucrative long-term deal.

Obviously, Smith is referring to an unknown “trusted” source and speculating that Anthony is done in New York. Anything can happen between now and July with Jackson having an opportunity to get Anthony to buy into what he plans to do in New York.

If Anthony does elect to opt-out of his contract with the Knicks, the Los Angeles Lakers will be ready and waiting. Although many believe the Lakers will wait until the summer of 2015 to sign big-names like Kevin Love and Kevin Durant in 2016, Kobe Bryant may have forced the hand of GM Mitch Kupchak, meaning that Anthony could be in play if available in July.
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  • Jim213

    If this is accurate the Bulls aside of Houston would be a more viable option for Melo as opposed to the biggest markets. Gives more cred to the belief that top league players today want to win NOW and not down the road.

    It’ll likely take the Knicks 3 to 4 years to see results with Phil. As with the Lakers, well still waiting for the inept to acquire role players for the starting rotation. As not sure what future plans they have to turn things around given they have plenty of bench players.

    • lakers4life

      Only problem with the bulls is rose being healthy that’s a big question mark and a HUGE gamble for melo that’s pretty much rolling the dice. What if rose goes down again then the bulls will stink and melo is stuck in quick sand and Houston doesn’t have cap space. they would have to trade asik and lin so what do you do with Tyson chandler? and I don’t think knicks want lin back on their roster or else they would have resigned him when they had the chance.

      • Jim213

        Don’t believe that Melo is just thinking about Rose given they have a solid starting rotation who still manage to win games. He’d contribute immensely to the starting rotation with his offense which fits his style of play.

        But it’s not only about the current roster they have draft picks too that could possibly help them down the road. Bulls don’t stink they’re playing good ball for what they have going for them currently. With regards to the Rockettes certain they’d like to trade Lin and would likely trade Asik too before the trade deadline.

        • Zimmeredge

          and he’ll play with a true coach… imo Bulls then Rockets then Celtics… he will not consider the lakers and we won’t too. we have no reason to hamper our future. melo won’t get us into the finals… a playoff team for sure. but no big D with him so no big difference.

          • Jim213

            You bring up D but your top 2 picks (draft) don’t show too much of it too.

      • Jay Moneyy

        Knicks has a better roster then bulls Melo not into winning games he is into winning championship
        . He is going to Lakers with kobe.. then that will bring another star

    • Jay Moneyy

      Bulls not getting Melo there not known for winning boy!! Melo not leaving one dead program to go to the next .. rose ain’t been good since 2011 an bulls don’t have the star talent Melo wants …Houston show don’t have the money to keep harden Howard in Melo ..

      • Jim213

        Your two cents, old boy! As it’s doubtful he’ll end up wit the Lakers given their salary limits tho still possible. But FO hasn’t placed a viable roster to appeal to a star player aside of Love. Although, Melo may end up with the Clipps.

        • MissCicely

          That would not be a good fit. The Clippers actually play as a team.

          • Jim213

            Clipps are showing interest in Melo too. But time will tell…

      • Jim213

        Adrian Wojnarowski (Yahoo) identifies the Bulls and Rockets as two free agent destinations that have emerged above all other alternatives.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Oh cool.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Ya he is ready to win a ring i think.

  • lakers4life

    i hope the lakers pursue melo this offseason..think about it? pick pg dante exum in the draft, healthy kobe at sg, melo at sf, resign gasol at center and the following year when nash contract comes off the books whatever else money we have pick up love at pf and well have the best lineup one thru five positions..equals rings..we just have to get rid of dantoni this off season as well..think about it again..kobe against wade melo against LeBron n love against bosh what a dream finals matchup that’s talent right there and realistic. Revenge is quick n sweet

    • lakers4life

      I forgot to add resign gasol at 12mil or 10 mil a year (7 or 9 mil pay cut) nash contract off the books 2015 (9mil) use money gasol paycut 7 mil and nash 9= 16 mil to sign kevin love in 2015..
      pg-exum
      sg-kobe
      sf-melo
      pf-love
      c-gasol

      • vdogg

        i love the way you think, man. i was thinking the same thing. draft dante exum!

      • Zimmeredge

        kobe 23m, melo will earn 23m next season in nyk so he won’t take a paycut just to play for us., gasol 12, nash 9, exum 4-5m
        and you have to assemble a bench with what’s left.

      • honestly

        No Defense All Star Team right there… a definite 2nd round sweep…

        • lakers

          i’d rather lakers pick Wiggins than exum,, kobe + Wiggins is more fantastic to watch IMO, plus wiggins play D, wiggins reminds me of young kobe 8

          • lakers4life

            i would like to see Wiggins as a laker as well but realistically he wont be available by the time lakers will get their pick..just saying

    • hookedonnews

      Don’t see Melo in LA. I would not even consider bringing him in. He’s already 30 and injury prone. He’s a ball-stopper. Having him & Kobe on the same team makes no sense. We need younger players and good defenders. He is neither.

      • Chrmngblly

        Finally. I have to wait so long for you to say something I can agree with, hook. I agreed with you once last month, too, didn’t I? … :-)

        • hookedonnews

          The Apocalypse must be approaching if you and I have agreed on something again. I’m sure it won’t happen again. :)

          • Chrmngblly

            Very suspicious….

          • hookedonnews

            Yes. Is that really you?

  • Jay Moneyy

    Melo already said he will take less money to win a championship… having Melo at a somewhat low price won’t mess la chances on getting another big name 2015 la don’t care bout lux tax.. sooo why not get Melo great first rounder with Kobe and elite underrated guys like bledsoe ??

    • Mogglechamp

      Isnt bledsoe a restricted fa?

  • Marty Susman

    Phil get’s Philly to give up their two first round picks, both below 10. Phil convinces Kobe to ask for a trade to N.Y. Phil get’s Kobe to play along side of Melo, the Lakers get two below 10 draft picks plus 2 more in the first round because they also send Pau Gasol & Steve Nash along with Kobe to the Nicks…. The Nicks have Kobe, Gasol & Melo as starters, the Lakers end up with 4 first rounders in the trade plus their own…GREAT for Lakers & even greater for the Nocks because with that crew, they will be playing for a ring…

    • fugazi71

      what the heck are you smoking?

      • Mogglechamp

        I want some of the shit marty is having dats sum strong shit right there

        • Marty Susman

          :) hahaha, come on, I am just dreaming is all :) :)

  • hookedonnews

    Anthony was singing a different tune when I saw him on TV talking about Phil. Whatever happens, I don’t see him in LA.

  • Marty Susman

    If Melo leaves it’s because Phil wants him to leave. My guess is Phil will load the team up with players over age 33. Melo will stay & Phil will hope he can do something within two years. I doubt they will win a ring unless James leaves the Heat & joins Melo and brings a center with him….

    • MissCicely

      Why would Phil make a team of fogies?

  • JOHNDOUGH

    Melo will not leave to go to a worst team than the knicks which is the Lakers , that makes no sense , the bulls will make a much better place or even Houston , but honestly i highly doubt he’s going to leave the Knicks who can be him the most or where he is king ,not to mention his home town ,next year they will have enogh money to bring in the missing links . I see lebron coming to the Knicks any player who wants to achieve a legacy would (THE JACKSON ERA) who wouldn’t want to come on board now ? all we need is another player and a much better center , we straight …….. let them sign roy hilbert and a player like james or love …. Knicks Era just begun . DO NOT UNDER ESTIMATE A MAN WHO HAS HIS LEGACY ON THE LINE ‘PHIL JACKSON’

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