2014 Free Agency, Latest News / Jul 9, 2014 / 4:20 pm

Report: Carmelo Anthony Is Staying With The Knicks

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Welp, that was fast. Literally the moment we hit publish on Stephen A. Smith‘s 24-hour proclamation, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports forward Carmelo Anthony will be staying in New York barring a last minute change of heart. Anthony “believes in Phil [Jackson]” and will remain with the Knicks.

Here’s Isola with the big news:

Carmelo Anthony is prepared to spend the prime years of his career in New York, the Daily News has learned.

A person close to Anthony told The News on Wednesday that barring a last minute change of heart Anthony will re-sign with the Knicks after “agonizing over this” for the past week.

“He will have something for everybody on Thursday,” said the friend who was with Anthony before Anthony’s scheduled workout with Kevin Durant and Kevin Love in Los Angeles on Wednesday. “He is really torn because this is the biggest decision of his career. But he wants to get it done in New York. He told me he believes in Phil.”

The friend who was the source in Isola’s piece was with ‘Melo right before he played with Kevin Durant and Kevin Love in Los Angeles:

Isola adds that it was Anthony’s goal to stay in New York all along, but he wanted to be sure he could put himself in a place to win a championship. His faith in Phil continued after Jackson’s acquisition of point guard Jose Calderon in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton.

Once Anthony signs the maximum five-year $129-million deal when the free agency moratorium ends, Jackson will continue to try and lure Pau Gasol to Manhattan, using his Spanish connection to Calderon and his time playing under Jackson in Los Angeles as a selling point in a drive for a ‘chip.

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski adds more to Isola’s report, tweeting that ‘Melo wasn’t able to get a hold of LeBron James five days ago, and the rumors of Anthony joining James in Miami were never serious.

Woj also adds that Anthony’s camp always felt they should grab the $129 million now, and he could figure out destination later — something I’m sure will rankle Knicks fans a tad despite their happiness he’s signed.

UPDATE:
‘Melo’s camp hasn’t confirmed he’s re-signing with the Knicks. There’s more, too:

The team has not been told of the decision, reports CBS Sports’ Ken Berger:

Howard Beck of Bleacher Report tweets that his ‘Melo source says there’s no decision yet, and teams looking to sign ‘Melo have not been given definitive word about the decision:

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne relays that ‘Melo’s agent, Leon Rose, claims there’s been no decision yet between the Knicks and Lakers — a Chicago omission that’s all but eliminated them, even if Isola’s source got it wrong:

If true, did ‘Melo make the right move?

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  • Karnov

    This is good news for Lakers fans. We can breathe a sigh of relief!

  • Erad

    Sure if you’re an idiot. Was he a championship move? No.

    Was he the only thing that’s could make this team watchable next year? Yes.

    Now all that’s left to see in this season is how well Randle can adapt to the NBA.

  • 2cents

    I’m no Lakers fan, but agree with you 100%. Knicks fans better prepare for another 4+ years of misery.

  • John J Less

    The only hope for Knick fans is that the “Black Hole” known as Carmelo has decided to buy into the “Triangle” offense and is willing to move and share the basketball. I can’t go another season of run the clock down to 10 seconds, dump it to Anthony and watch him get into three point position and fake pass, fake drive…when the whole time he was going to shoot the ball. I hope Calderon is the difference.

  • Alfredo Jones

    No way Melo was ever walking away from $30M+ He liked the feeling of being coveted and pitched to by the other teams, but he was always coming back to NY. He wants his $$$$ Read the SH piece on this free agency soap opera, good article: http://straighthoops.com/enough_already.html

  • Kevin Garnett

    lmao butthurt wack ass LA Fakers fans

  • Binoy Thomas

    Great decision to make more money and be a loser