Well Knicks fans, here's the good news, Phil Jackson is close to making a move this off-season. Here's the bad news: Carmleo Anthony might be coming back.
Love him or hate him. Adore his offense, abhor his defense. Carmelo Anthony is not going anywhere, according to Frank Isola of the NY Daily News. The News reports that Anthony will sign the max deal to stay in New York City where his family is most comfortable; yet there are also conflicting reports from Ken Berger of CBS, and even Anthony's agent that paint a different picture.
According to a Tweet by Berger, Anthony has yet to tell the Knicks of a decision to stay in New York or sign elsewhere. Anthony's agent Leon Rose told ESPN that his client still is deciding between the Knicks and Lakers.
So there is definitely still a lot of grey area on this story. Until Anthony officially puts ink to paper on a contract, there should be no certainty that he will return to the Knicks.
Anthony was courted by the Rockets, Mavs, Lakers and Bulls, and reports were he was intrigued by LA not too long ago. So who really knows.
While he is a prolific scorer, the Knicks might be better off financially letting Anthony walk elsewhere. The Knicks have enough bad contracts on their hands, i.e. Amare Stoudemire, and need to get out of salary cap hell (again). Anthony is in a "now or never" stage of his career, and the Knicks are nowhere near close to winning right away.
Stay tuned for the latest on this drama to play out. While the News reports a decision could come Thursday, don't bet on it.