HoopsHype Carmelo Anthony rumors

July 9, 2014 Updates

Anthony's friend says that Anthony prolonging his decision is not a reflection of him having second thoughts about the Knicks. Instead, it was Anthony wanting to be sure that he could put himself in position to win a championship. New York Daily News

"He wants to see what LeBron does," one source with knowledge of Anthony's thinking told ESPN. "But he can't wait forever." ESPN.com

While Jackson isn’t likely to address the media here at least until after the signing moratorium is lifted on Thursday, first-year coach Derek Fisher said the Knicks are in “wait-and-see mode like everyone else” while Anthony mulls his future. A source close to Anthony told the Daily News on Monday that the seven-time All-Star remains “torn” while deciding between the Knicks, the Lakers and the Bulls. New York Daily News

In reality, New Jersey-based certified public accountant Robert Raiola said Anthony would net closer to $66.7 million with the Knicks after taxes, compared to $49.3 million with the Lakers. New York's offer would still be larger, but by a more modest $17.4 million. Independent salary cap expert Larry Coon argued the comparison itself was moot, unless the player was primarily focused on guaranteed salary. "Comparing a four-year contract to a five-year contract is like comparing apples to oranges," Coon told The Times. "A player who signs a four-year contract can presume he will sign for a fifth year down the line. It's not a matter of leaving that money on the table, it's a matter of locking in that money, and his future value, right now." Los Angeles Times

"For Anthony, other factors may come into play," Coon said. "There could be a new collective bargaining agreement between the owners and players' union in 2017. It could very well be more favorable to the players. "In addition, the NBA is expected to negotiate a new national television deal in 2016, which could significantly increase revenues and salaries. Anthony could take advantage by timing his next free agency for 2017." Los Angeles Times

July 8, 2014 Updates

Derek Fisher said his message to Carmelo Anthony when Knicks officials met with him last week was that the team will win and hopes that got through to him. But, like everyone else, the new Knicks coach is waiting for Anthony's decision. "It's about winning from what I could gather," Fisher said Tuesday after summer league practice. "He wants to win. He wants to be successful, and so in the time I had to visit with him, I just shared with him that we'll be a better basketball team because we'll play the game in a better way. We'll play as a team, we'll play with a system with the format that allows the game to be easier for him and easier for his teammates. "I'm not sure if we hit home, I guess we'll find out, but hopefully we'll find out soon." Newsday

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