HoopsHype Carmelo Anthony rumors

March 11, 2014 Updates

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
March 7, 2014 Updates

That's not to discount the possibility of Anthony landing with the Bulls, though they don't have the necessary salary cap space to sign Anthony and would need to make a number of moves to make this happen. No, it's only to point out that player politics will be part of this puzzle from here until July and much of what will transpire will need to be interpreted. USA Today Sports

Coincidentally, Jackson once described the Knicks roster featuring Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire as clumsy. Anthony will become a free agent on July 1 and Garden Chairman James Dolan wants to re-sign the All Star forward. The Knicks would presumably give Jackson full autonomy but Donnie Walsh was promised full control only to have Dolan interfere with several moves, including the signing of Stoudemire and trading for Anthony. New York Daily News

As bleak as the Knicks’ future appears, many of Anthony’s peers think that he will stay in New York because he can secure close to $130 million in what will be his final major contract as an NBA player. As much as Anthony talks about wanting to win a title, some of those players don’t believe that he is ready to leave the NBA’s No. 1 market, especially since he forced his way here in 2011 via his trade from Denver. New York Daily News

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