It looks as if New York Knicks’s fans who are expecting free agent Carmelo Anthony to make his decision quickly are going to have to wait a while longer to find out if he will be returning to the Knicks.
That is at least until LeBron James makes up his mind.
ESPN’s Ian Begley has reported that Anthony is likely to put off announcing his future plans until his good friend LeBron announced first.
Sources told ESPN.com that Anthony, whose decision was widely expected before a resolution to James’ situation when free agency began, has kept the Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and other suitors waiting at least in part to see where James goes and whether there would be any option to join his close friend.
There has been speculation that Anthony may try and join LeBron in Miami if Chris Bosh goes elsewhere, but ‘Melo would really like to have James join him in New York.
Of course Knicks team president Phil Jackson would have to clear a ton of cap space, something he has been trying to do by shopping both Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani to take a late run at LeBron.
It is worth noting that the Knicks were not among the teams that James’ agent had met with.
The Knicks thought they would have an answer from Anthony by Monday, but he has gone very quiet, something that reportedly has made the Knicks extremely nervous about their chances of re-signing Melo, even though they made him a max offer of $129 million for five years, which is far more than any other team could come close to matching.
Anthony has met with the Lakers, Bulls, Rockets and Mavericks, but the Lakers and Bulls are perceived as the only two threats to the Knicks.
That is unless Anthony can team with James somewhere.
However it looks like it is going to still take some time before we get Melo’s answer as it doesn’t look like he will decide anything until LeBron does first.