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.
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.