Apr 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) walks back to the bench during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 102-91. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Carmelo Anthony to Lakers not a possibility


Before all of the Carmelo Anthony leaving the New York Knicks speculation began back around the All-Star break last season, the one team that emerged as the first serious threat for Melo was the Los Angeles Lakers.

Apr 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) takes a shot against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

However that was before the Knicks hired Phil Jackson as team president.

And while the chances of Anthony bolting are still there, Melo bolting for the Lakers seems highly unlikely.

That’s because Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss loves her fiancé.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Buss, who’s engaged to Jackson, doesn’t like the idea of poaching Anthony from her fiancé’s team.

That’s good news for the Knicks, who are still viewed as the favorites for Melo as there likely won’t be much of a market for Anthony’s services although teams like the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets will certainly be in the running.

Berman writes:

Anthony’s potential decision to re-sign with the Knicks may be by default. Two of his prime candidates, Houston and Chicago, still have to get far enough under the salary cap to make it worth it for Anthony. The Bulls may have to rid themselves of Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson on a squad that was knocked out of the playoffs in the first round. Plus, Anthony would be banking on the uncertain future of the oft-injured Derrick Rose.

The Rockets were also knocked out in the first round and need to get rid of Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik to get under the salary cap. Meanwhile, the Lakers have cap space but sources maintain they aren’t too interested in Anthony as a fit with Kobe Bryant. Nor is Lakers president Jeanie Buss enthralled with stealing Anthony from Jackson, her fiancé.

While Anthony may balk at the fact of Jackson wanting him to take a major pay cut to remain in New York, at the end of the day he simply may not have many other realistic options.

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  • philip

    ughhh thats why women shouldn’t be executives… you do whats best for your team… this is business and it has nothing to do with your personal life… phil would understand. this is bullshit because then it seems the lakers threw the knicks a bone by not pursuing anthony… if its true that Buss wont go for anthony so she doesn’t upset her fiance is not right

  • James Freeman

    I’m a huge Lakers fan and I would love to have Anthony, but to be honest he is not a good fit for the Lakers. Kobe and Anthony are two ball dominating players that takes a lot of shots. I feel that it would not be good for a team, where their two best players are taking 60% to 70% of the shots. Championships are won as a team and defensively of course. I’d rather try to get Loul Deng in free agency at the small forward and get a big name power forward or point guard and we’ll be good. Anthony would be nice though but he would have to accept the role Metta World Peace/ Ron Artest played and I don’t think he would. On top of that, he would have to take a pay cut to play in LA because our cap space is reserved for younger stars. Not for a soon to be 30 year old Carmelo Anthony, many all stars production starts to decline past 30 year in the league. So it’s championship or nothing!