Carmelo Anthony doesn’t want to leave unfinished business in New York. That’s why the superstar small forward will reportedly return to the New York Knicks with a formal announcement expected tomorrow. “He will have something for everybody on Thursday,” a source close to Anthony told the New York Daily News this afternoon. “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.”
If this latest report pans out, it would spell Anthony accepting the Knicks max contract of $129 million over five years—more than $33 million than any other team can offer him—and leaving a four-year, $97 million offer from the Los Angeles Lakers and a chance to play with friend Kobe Bryant on the table. If the Knicks are able to trade Amar’e Stoudemire to the Philadelphia 76ers, as rumored, they’d be $23.4 million under the cap. And their flexibility will only grow if they can move the contracts of Andrea Bargnani and possibly even Iman Shumpert. If team president Phil Jackson is able to make that happen, dare we say LeBron James joins ’Melo in the Big Apple? Hey, the two superstars are good friends, so anything’s possible.
While that’s a tall order, what’s not is Jackson convincing his former player Pau Gasol to join him in New York and play alongside his friend Jose Calderon, with whom he teams with on Spain’s national squad. A year after winning the NBA scoring title in 2012-13, Anthony (27.4 points per game) was the second-highest scorer to Kevin Durant this past season.