Phil Jackson was hoping to convince Carmelo Anthony to opt-in to his contract with the New York Knicks. However, it doesn't appear like Anthony is going to do that. Despite the fact he still plans to opt-out of his contract, the Knicks remain confident they can re-sign Anthony as a free agent.
The New York Knicks are hoping to have Carmelo Anthony on their roster next season. They were hoping to have him opt-in to the final year of his current deal and pay him a little under $24 million while he learns his role in the triangle offense but that doesn't look like it will happen. However, that wont stop them from being from being confident about re-signing him.
The Knicks still like their odds of keeping Carmelo Anthony following their meeting in Los Angeles with Anthony and his agent Leon Rose on Friday night.
Despite a report Anthony was “leaning’’ toward leaving the Knicks because of interest from the Bulls and Rockets, Knicks officials did not seem alarmed, according to NBA sources.
According to a source close to president Phil Jackson, “The meeting went well — [Anthony] will still most likely opt out — but all in all, a good meeting.’’
Why are the Knicks confident? There simply aren't that many places that can afford to sign Anthony. There's been rumors about the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets being in play but both franchise's would have to make some major roster moves in order to clear the cap space needed.
“It’s doable but very hard,’’ one league source said of the Bulls’ and Rockets’ scenarios.
The smartest thing Miami could do is replace Wade and his deteriorating knee with Anthony but can Pat Riley afford to banish Wade after him being the face of the franchise for so many years? Will Wade take a major discount and accept a role off the bench? Will Bosh re-sign or move on?
There's a lot of moving parts going on before they ever think about bringing Anthony's talents to South Beach. For now, the Knicks aren't deterred from the interest throughout the league.
The simple fact remains that the Knicks can offer Anthony the most amount of money and they don't have to make roster moves in order to do so. That basically makes New York the easiest place for Anthony to sign with. That gives them an edge and confidence leading into the off-season.
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