HoopsHype Carmelo Anthony rumors

March 18, 2014 Updates

Stephen A. Smith: Skip Bayless, I was told this last week, I was told a few days ago, I had it reiterated to me by somebody I trust yet again this morning, that Carmelo Anthony is gone, he is leaving New York city. There are those like myself who still hold up the possibility that that may not be true (...) but for what I'm being told, he is gone. And he is gone because he's at the mindset that in order to achieve any amount of success he would had to sacrifice not just this this year but next year as well, because of this current roster. ESPN.com

March 17, 2014 Updates

An excited Anthony said the Knicks' big picture "is definitely more attractive" with Jackson's arrival and that he is willing to learn the game and have Jackson teach him. "I'm willing to do whatever," Anthony said after Knicks practice on Monday. "As long as it's gonna put me in a position to win, I'm willing to do whatever. I'm not sold or stuck on my play." ESPN.com

Anthony said earlier in the season that his priority is to remain in New York but the Knicks have had a rocky season. However, the Knicks (27-40) have won six straight games and are chasing the eighth spot in the East. And Jackson's arrival has improved the Knicks' bleak future for Anthony. "As far as knowing what it takes to win, Phil is the best to ever do it," Anthony said. "So for me to be able to have the opportunity and have him by my side, for him to teach me, you know, because I'm still willing to learn the game of basketball." "And I haven't won anything," Anthony continued. "So he's won a lot. I can learn a lot from him and his system, things that he wants to incorporate here. I'm hoping and praying this all works." ESPN.com

Carmelo Anthony: "I'm a big Jabari fan, but it also depends on who has the pick at the No. 1 spot. But as far as being ready-ready, I think Jabari is ready. I think the big kid from Kansas [Joel Embiid] has some upside and [Kansas' Andrew] Wiggins has some potential. But as far as being ready to come in and step right in and kind of make an impact, I'd have to go with Jabari, too, especially because of the way he plays. He can play multiple positions. He can put the ball on the floor. He can score. He is in that Duke system, so he has some savvy with him." Yahoo! Sports

March 15, 2014 Updates
March 14, 2014 Updates

Meanwhile, the Lakers don’t expect LeBron James to leave the Miami Heat if he opts out of his contract. The Lakers aren’t thrilled about Carmelo Anthony should he opt out of his deal with the Knicks. The Lakers wouldn’t want to spend a max-level contract on Cleveland’s Luol Deng and on Toronto’s Kyle Lowry. Kupchak had suggested earlier that the Lakers may use their financial flexibility more conservatively both to save up for a star-studded 2015 free-agent class and because of recently-imposed harsher penalties for high-spending teams. Los Angeles Daily News

Chris Herring: Carmelo said he heard Phil Jackson's critiques about him before. Says he's not really sure how to respond, but that it might have been accurate to say that he shot too much in the past. Melo feels his game has evolved in past 2 yrs, though. Twitter @HerringWSJ

According to a league source, the Rockets will make a bid for Carmelo Anthony this summer, even though they probably won’t have cap space and would have to orchestrate a creative sign-and-trade. The source said Houston asked the Knicks about Anthony before February’s trade deadline. New York Post

The Knicks have held discussions with the Rockets about power forward Omer Asik. Even though Rockets president Daryl Morey is the pioneer of advanced statistics and Anthony has never fared well in some efficiency categories, Morey’s old-school instincts believe he could form a terrific Big 3 with Dwight Howard and James Harden. Rockets management also believes Anthony has made advancements in the grit department the past two seasons. New York Post

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