HoopsHype Carmelo Anthony rumors

March 14, 2014 Updates

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

March 13, 2014 Updates

Anthony went out of his way on Wednesday to praise Jackson's basketball mind and how it could help the team. But he's also been clear that Jackson's eventual decision won't influence his own prospects of returning to the Knicks when his contract expires after this season. "I don't think it has any effect on me as far as what I'm thinking or my decision or anything like that," Anthony said before the Knicks played the Celtics on Wednesday. "I haven't talked to Phil yet to get his insight on a lot of things, like what's his plan, or what his future plans are. And everything is in his hands now." Wall Street Journal

March 12, 2014 Updates

Carmelo Anthony confirmed Phil Jackson will be joining the Knicks imminently and said his “insight and knowledge’’ will be a benefit to the franchise. Jackson has an agreement in principle to lead the Knicks’ basketball operations, with the last details of the pact being finalized. New York Post

“I still don’t have all the details,’’ Anthony said at TD North Garden on Wednesday morning as the Knicks prepared to face the Celtics. “I heard he will be coming aboard. It’s not official yet. You’re going to always use Phil Jackson’s insight on whatever. His philosophy. His mindset. His resume, what he brings to a team, organization, that goes without even saying.’’ New York Post

This big prize of this off-season is Carmelo Anthony, and Smith believed that the possibility of bringing Anthony in, is a reason the team would get rid of D’Antoni: It’s not coming from the Lakers themselves, but people close to the organization say that Mike D’Antoni is gone because there’s no way that [Carmelo Anthony] would elect to go there if D’Antoni is there. If D’Antoni is gone, with the cap room they have coming up and Kobe’s imminent return, [L.A.] is a viable option [for Anthony]. Lakers Nation

March 11, 2014 Updates

Few know Carmelo Anthony as well as George Karl does. And Melo’s former coach wonders if Phil Jackson would keep Anthony if the Zen Master takes over the Knicks’ front office. ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd asked Karl if the Knicks keep Anthony while discussing Jackson potentially taking over the Knicks. “To me, when you ask me that question, I don’t think Melo is a Phil Jackson type of player,” Karl said on “The Herd.” “That would be my answer to that.” Karl, who coached Anthony from 2005-11, says Anthony is just one of many major decisions Jackson would have to make if he joins the Knicks. ESPN.com

New York Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, who has a shoe deal with Jordan brand sneakers and apparel, unveiled a new colorway to his latest signature shoe. The new colorway brought on a lot of Twitter speculation among fans as to where Anthony, who is expected to opt out of his current contract with New York, may land in the offseason. SheridanHoops

March 10, 2014 Updates

Will Anthony be willing to wait another season before Phil can build a championship contender in 2015? And does he trust that Jackson -- who has no experience as an executive -- will have the chops to succeed as a top executive? For those who believe Anthony is a lock to re-sign with the Knicks because they can offer a contract worth one more season and $33 million more than another team, think again. Anthony's close friend -- a friend intimately involved in his future decision -- told people back in February that he wasn’t sure if Anthony was going to return to the Knicks. The recent three-game winning streak aside, New York hasn’t done much in the past six weeks to cause Anthony to change his mind. ESPN.com

There are ongoing discussions about his exact role, but The Post reported Knicks president Steve Mills would retain a similar position. “I don’t even know what’s going on with that,’’ Anthony said late Saturday night after the Knicks beat the Cavaliers for their third straight win. “Nobody came to me about that. Until that time comes, I’m not going to know what’s going on. “It’s hard to say at this particular moment. If anything, it’s not going to be right now. I’m pretty sure they’d try to wait for the offseason and then we’ll deal with all that stuff.’’ New York Post

In the interview two years ago with HBO’s Real Sports, Jackson called the roster “clumsy.’’ “Well, they don’t fit together well,’’ Jackson said at the time. “[Amar’e] Stoudemire doesn’t fit together well with Carmelo. Stoudemire’s a really good player. But he’s got to play in a certain system and a way. Carmelo has to be a better passer. And the ball can’t stop every time it hits his hands. They need to have someone come in that can kind of blend that group together.’’ New York Post

March 9, 2014 Updates

"I don't even know what's going on with that, so it's hard for me to say anything,'' Anthony said after the Knicks beat the Cavaliers on Saturday night. "Nobody came to me about that. Until that time comes, I'm still not going to know what's going on, until somebody brings that to me. It's hard to say at this particular moment. If anything, it's not going to be right now. I'm pretty sure they'll wait until the offseason to make something happen and then everyone will deal with all that stuff at that time.'' Newsday

The Knicks hope to re-sign Carmelo Anthony this summer. But if he were to leave all that extra money on the table to go to the Bulls or another team, it could be a blessing in disguise for the Knicks, according to a former NBA general manager. "I really think if Carmelo left them, he may be doing them a favor,'' said the ex-GM, who has no ties to the Knicks. "They probably don't see it that way. But in the long run, it's probably doing them a favor.'' Newsday

March 8, 2014 Updates

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