Derek Fisher doesn’t know which team Carmelo Anthony is leaning toward, but the New York Knicks coach wants the superstar to know that the franchise’s future looks bright. Fisher reportedly told ’Melo that the Knicks will be a better team next season, largely in part because he will install a better system and the squad will have more clearly defined roles.
That doesn’t mean that the choice is any clearer for Anthony, who is deciding between the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, and staying with the Knicks. Tough choice to make indeed. ’Melo can cash in on a NBA maximum five-year, $129 million deal if he remains with the Knicks. That’s $33 million more than any other team can offer the former scoring champ. However, Anthony is said to be seriously considering the Lakers’ max offer of four years and $96 million, and the Bulls made a strong impression on him during their meeting last week. Decisions, decisions.
While Anthony continues to mull things over, speculation continues to grow that he and LeBron James, the other top free agent of this offseason, are possibly exploring a way to team up together.
If the Knicks are successful at moving Amar’e Stoudemire’s $23.4 million off the books via a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers, it may help their chances of retaining Anthony as it’d give the franchise salary cap flex room.
’Melo averaged 27.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for the Knicks this past season.