Mar 18, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks new president of basketball of operations Phil Jackson is introduced at a press conference at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Melo to meet with Knicks Brass this Weekend

While New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony seems committed to test free agency this summer, the Knicks look like they will get to throw the first sales pitch his way.

As reported by Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks are putting on a full-court press by sending the top brass to Los Angeles to meet with Anthony this weekend.

Wojnarowski writes:

The New York Knicks are sending a high-level delegation – including president Phil Jackson and coach Derek Fisher – to Los Angeles this weekend to sell All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony on a future with the franchise, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

For Anthony, who plans to become a free agent July 1, this meeting will include his first chance for a face-to-face with Fisher, sources said.

Fisher is expected to be part of a small Knicks management contingent traveling to Los Angeles, where Anthony has been living and working out this month, league sources said.

Jackson has previously had the chance to sit down with Anthony and discuss his future, but this time he can actually do so with a coach in place and sell Anthony on his plan going forward.

The Zen Master doesn’t have much to sell Melo on after he missed the playoffs for the first time in his career. The Knicks currently have no salary cap space, no draft picks in the 2014 NBA Draft and he has publically stated that he desires Anthony to take a pay cut . Jackson will have to do his best sales pitch to convince Anthony to sit through another tough season and look forward to the 2015-16 season when the Knicks will have a ton of cap space to play with.

‘Melo has until June 23 to let the Knicks know if he will opt out of his contract, something he is expected to do, and along with the Knicks, teams like the Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls are expected to make strong pushes for Anthony this summer.

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  • Bob Fusky

    FWIW, there’s a terrifi article on Melo’s impending free agency on the Straighthoops blog today – insightful, worth a read:

  • Drafted Clyde & Dollar Bill

    If Anthony leaves the Knicks he’s a sucker who is only about the money. If he really wanted a championship he would have kept his big mouth shut and never declared at the beginning of the season that he planned to opt out. He’s not guaranteed a championship with any team that can sign him. No one knows what the future holds for Derrick Rose or if he has a basketball future. Harden in Dallas doesn’t play defense and both teams will have to relinquish valuable members of their bench in order to sign him. Plus the Knicks really aren’t that far away. I believe their performance this past season was more a result of poor coaching and lack of creativity on the part of the coach than it was a lack of talent. Had Woodson the gonads necessary to bench Felton and develop Torrey Murray and play Cole Aldrich in place of Tyson Chandler it could have been a different season. Anthony is not a leader and the Knicks should sign then trade him for as many draft picks and a good role player or two. I don’t think Chicago or Houston with Anthony are going to beat the Knicks to the finals.

    • Pat

      So your saying that if Anthony is willing to stay on with the Knicks to get the Max deal that only they can offer him, 5 years @ 129 million, that he is not in it for the money???
      Phil Jackson has already put the idea out in the public that Carmelo should take less than the maximum so that the Knicks can build around him next year, 2015, in free agency.
      If Carmelo gets the same money with a contender that he is going to get from the Knicks, who have no shot in 2014, is he doing it for just the money? Or the better chance to win now?
      Because to me it sure sounds like he is not being a mercenary, but rather being 30 years old he is looking at this Free Agency at his last real shot at competing for an NBA Title.