HoopsHype Carmelo Anthony rumors

March 25, 2014 Updates

Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson might finally have had that first conversation everyone has been anticipating. At Tuesday's morning shootaround while most players were on the court, the Knicks' best player and their new president were in the visiting locker room at the same time. The fact that Jackson was in there wasn't known until after Anthony met with reporters. "I've seen him here and there -- not to where we sit down and talk," Anthony said before the Knicks played the Lakers Tuesday night at Staples Center. "We'll figure that out. I'm pretty sure we'll get together soon." Newsday

March 22, 2014 Updates

Jim Boeheim says Carmelo Anthony “always wanted to be in New York” and that new Knicks President Phil Jackson “brings a lot of credibility” and the ability to attract quality free agents around Anthony beginning in 2015. in Buffalo where Syracuse will meet Dayton Saturday night in an NCAA Tournament South Region game. “He’s built for New York. He can handle New York. If [the fans] get on him or whatever, he still goes and plays. Some people can’t handle it. He can handle it. If they get on him, he’ll go play. I think he’s playing as well as he’s ever played.” The Knicks Blog

Anthony is poised to opt out and become a free agent this summer, but stands to make approximately $30 million by remaining with the Knicks. “Will there be something better for him [in free agency] or not?” Boeheim asked. “I don’t know. Nobody knows that answer.” The Knicks Blog

March 21, 2014 Updates

Other sources believe Jackson’s presence will certainly improve New York’s chances of keeping Anthony, but Jackson’s arrival will ultimately be one of several factors considered. “I think it helps, but I doubt he’ll be the deciding factor,” one former teammate told SheridanHoops. SheridanHoops

Amare Stoudemire: As for Melo, I'm not sure what he's going to do this summer. We haven't talked about it. I try to keep that a private conversation. I know he and his family are making a key decision this summer, and we know how great New York is. It's been a tough year for us because we haven't been winning, so I know all that plays a factor. I'm sure he talks with his family all the time about it, so I try not to bring that up. We talk winning right now, we talk about the playoffs and keep getting better. This is a big year for us to try to get in this playoffs, and then this summer is going to be very important, and next year we're going to see what we can do. Bleacher Report

Melo and I have always been friends. We've always admired each other's games. My business team and I actually went out to dinner with Melo's friends in L.A. before the whole free-agency process started, and we talked a lot about playing ball together one day. That was definitely a highlight for me to play with him that first season; also breaking that 48-year-old record with the nine consecutive 30-point games. I mean, that was remarkable. Those are probably the two main highlights, and then making the playoffs for the first time in six years was a lot of fun, playing against Boston. Bleacher Report

March 20, 2014 Updates

Early in the fourth quarter, with the Knicks — who had led by 16 at one point — holding a slim 68-66 lead and little momentum, Anthony made his biggest play of the night, finding Iman Shumpert for a 3-pointer, his only points of the night. Anthony scored the next time down the floor to increase the lead to seven. “It’s simple — if a man is open, you pass him the ball,” Anthony said. “My teammates made shots — when I found them, they [were] open.” New York Post

Anthony had a brief conversation with Jackson on Wednesday, the first of many chats expected between now and July. Jackson’s arrival is the dawn of a new era and most likely the end of one. Anthony is represented by CAA, the same agency that represents Mike Woodson, J.R. Smith and Andrea Bargnani. Two of the three, starting with Woodson, won’t be here next season. By the summer of 2015, all three will likely be gone. New York Daily News

March 19, 2014 Updates

Reacting to Phil Jackson's comments that he's in the future plans and has "another level he can get to," Carmelo Anthony said Wednesday night that he and the new Knicks president are "on the same page." "I was hoping that I would be part of the future plans," Anthony said before the Knicks played the Pacers. "I never once said that I wanted to leave New York or anything like that. The only thing I said was I'm going to dabble and try the free agency out, that I was going to opt out and become a free agent. ... I'm excited about the opportunity to hopefully work with Phil." CBSSports.com

March 18, 2014 Updates

Anthony has free-agent options, and two have risen above everything else: Chicago and Houston, sources with direct knowledge of his plans told Yahoo Sports. The Bulls have an easier path to clear the necessary salary-cap space to sign Anthony, but the Rockets believe they can shed the contracts necessary to offer a third near-max deals alongside Dwight Howard and James Harden, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.