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Melo Meets with Knicks and Lakers

Melo Meets with Knicks and Lakers

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Thursday was a busy day for one of the NBA’s most sought after free agents. After spending two hours meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers, Carmelo Anthony also spent time with his most recent team in the New York Knicks.
Anthony sat down with members of both team’s leadership and discussed possible terms of contracts as he enters his first ever free agency period. The Lakers contingent was reportedly to include star Kobe Bryant, but the small forward was unable to get back to California in time following a family vacation in Europe. Bryant did say he planned to met with Anthony later in the day.
Following a two and a half hour meeting, Los Angeles told the small forward they would be willing to offer him maximum contract worth $96 million over four years. If Anthony chose to stay with the Knicks, he could garner a five-year deal with a $129 million price tag. New York reiterated to Anthony that he would be given such a contract if he chose to stay.
Anthony has also met with Chicago, Dallas, and Houston during this free agency period. 
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Bulls Trade for McDermott

Bulls Trade for McDermott

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In the first of many anticipated moves, the Chicago Bulls traded to get former Creighton star Doug McDermott at the NBA Draft on Thursday night. The Bulls gave up both of their first-round picks to get the sharp-shooting forward.
McDermott was drafted by the Denver Nuggets, who also get Anthony Randolph and a future second-rounder with the 11th overall pick. Chicago originally held the 16th and 19th overall picks, selecting Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris before the deal.
McDermott was the consensus player of the year in college basketball this past season, averaging 26.7 points per game and shooting over fifty percent from the field. The 6’7″ forward also shot 45 percent from three-point range as a senior, finishing fifth all-time on the NCAA scoring chart with 3,150 points.
Chicago was the lowest scoring team in the NBA in 2013-14, scoring 93.7 points per game while shooting just 33.3 percent from downtown. The Bulls are expected to be a top destination for free agent forward Carmelo Anthony, and they’re hopeful the acquisition of McDermott boosts their odds.
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Carmelo Anthony Opts Out

Carmelo Anthony Opts Out

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony has informed the team that he will opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent. Anthony, who had hinted towards the decision during the regular season, will be able to negotiate with any team on July 1.
Anthony has the ability to sign a maximum contract worth $96 million over five years with any team outside of the Knicks. Should he choose to resign with New York, the small forward could command a max deal worth $129 million.
Sources close to Anthony say the Chicago Bulls are one team that he would consider playing for. Among others that could garner his services are the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks. ESPN.com reported earlier in June that the Miami Heat have also inquired about signing Anthony. Meanwhile, Knicks president Phil Jackson had expressed his hope that Anthony would “opt in” to the final year of his deal and test free agency in 2015.
New York went 37-45 this past season, led by Anthony’s 27.4 points per game. Should he leave, Anthony would become the fifth player in the last 30 years to change teams after averaging more than 27 points that year and the first to do so since LeBron James.
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Carmelo Anthony: Meeting Went Well with Phil Jackson

Carmelo Anthony: Meeting Went Well with Phil Jackson

New York Knicks/NBA(NEW YORK) — The days for Carmelo Anthony to decide if he is opting out of his current contract are quickly approaching.
Still, Anthony said a recent meeting with Knicks president Phil Jackson was positive.
“It was great meeting with Phil. It went well,” Anthony told two reporters in New York City on Wednesday as he promoted his partnership with 50 Cent and SMS Audio headphones.
The Knicks hired Derek Fisher as their new head coach and Anthony had no problems with that either. “I like what Phil is doing,” Anthony added.
Anthony has until June 23 to notify the New York Knicks on whether he’ll be coming back next year or become a free agent in July, reports ESPN.com.
Anthony is spending his offseason with his family in Los Angeles.
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Nowitzki Makes Plea for ‘Melo in Dallas

Nowitzki Makes Plea for ‘Melo in Dallas

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Carmelo Anthony, projected to be one of the top free agents if he chooses to opt out of his contract, may have a new suitor. Over the weekend, Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki made his pitch for Anthony.
“If Carmelo would really love to come here, we’d love to have him,” Nowitzki said in a radio interview.
Despite being under contract for next season, Anthony is expected to opt out of the final season of his contract with the New York Knicks and test free agency.
Along with the Mavericks, the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, and Miami Heat have also been rumored to have interest in the small forward. Still, Knicks president Phil Jackson has publicly stated his desire for Anthony to remain in New York.
“Listen, I think I’ve showed over my 16 years that I can play with anybody,” Nowitzki said. “The only tough season I think we’ve had is when we had [Antawn] Jamison and Antoine Walker and myself who are all three kind of the same four-men, but other than that I think I’ve shown over my career that I can play with anybody. I’ll adjust, whether I have to get out of the way or go to the corner more, post up, pass. I’ll do whatever, really, that needs to be done out there to win or for this franchise to be a winner.”
Anthony, who has said he would like to remain in New York, has stated on multiple occasions during the season that he planned to become a free agent this summer. Should he choose to re-sign with the Knicks, ‘Melo could ink a maximum contract worth $129 million over five years. If Anthony signs with another team, his contract would only be able to be a maximum of $96 million over four seasons.
Dallas won 49 games last year and made the playoffs as the eight seed. The Mavericks were champions in 2011 and are projected to have more than $30 million in cap space.
The Knicks won just 37 games this year and are not expected to have enough cap space to create a contender for the 2014-15 season.
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Phil Jackson: ‘Definitely Concerned’ about Carmelo’s Pending Free Agency

Phil Jackson: ‘Definitely Concerned’ about Carmelo’s Pending Free Agency

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(GREENBURGH, N.Y.) — New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson is “definitely concerned” that possible free agent and seven-time All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony will take his game to another team next season.
Anthony could opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent in July, but Jackson said on Friday that he spoke with Anthony about coming back next season and testing free agency in the summer of 2015.
“I told him it might be a good idea to hang in here and see what it’s like for a year and go out the next year,” Jackson said. “But that’s his option, that’s what he’s earned, and that’s what’s part of his contractual agreement. He has the right to do that. But I just offered that as, ‘Look, this gives you an opportunity to see how this is going to change, see how we’re going to get going, your relationship to the team and the coach and the system or whatever, the system we impose.”
Jackson said he remains positive about their chances about bringing back Anthony, but noted it only takes one team to blow Anthony away with an offer.
“It only takes one bidder out there that has the ability and can ruin your hopes and your chances,” Jackson said.
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Carmelo Anthony Has Small Tear in Right Shoulder

Carmelo Anthony Has Small Tear in Right Shoulder

Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has a small tear in his right labrum and will sit out the team’s last two games of the season, the Knicks announced Tuesday. The injury will not require…

Knicks Keep Playoff Hopes Alive With Win Over Raptors

Knicks Keep Playoff Hopes Alive With Win Over Raptors

Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images(TORONTO) — Carmelo Anthony had 30 points, eight rebounds and three steals to lead the New York Knicks past the Toronto Raptors Friday night, 108-100.
Amar’e Stoudemire had a season-high 24 points and 11 rebo…

Heat Burn Knicks 102-91

Heat Burn Knicks 102-91

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(MIAMI) –  LeBron James scored 38 points as the Miami Heat dealt a significant blow to the New York Knicks’ playoff hopes with a 102-91 victory on Sunday.
Chris Bosh added 14 points for the Heat (53-23), who were playi…

Lakers Blow Away Knicks 127-96

Lakers Blow Away Knicks 127-96

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Xavier Henry scored 22 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers dropped a franchise-record 51 points in the third quarter of their 127-96 blowout victory over the New York Knicks.
Kent Bazemore added 18 points…

Knicks Win Sixth-Straight

Knicks Win Sixth-Straight

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 as the New York Knicks won their season-best sixth straight game by smacking the Milwaukee Bucks, 115-94 Saturday. 
At the beginning of …

Noah’s Triple-Double Leads Bulls to Their 9th Win in 10 Games

Noah’s Triple-Double Leads Bulls to Their 9th Win in 10 Games

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Joakim Noah recorded the fifth triple-double of his career with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 109-90 beatdown of the New York Knicks Sunday.
“It’s really all my teamma…

Masked LeBron Leads Heat to Beat Down of Knicks

Masked LeBron Leads Heat to Beat Down of Knicks

Marc Serota/Getty Images(MIAMI) — LeBron James put to rest any questions of whether or not wearing a mask to protect his broken nose would hinder his ability to play ball.James had 31 points, four rebounds and four assists to lead the Miami Heat to …

Eastern Conference Ends Three-Game Losing Streak Against West

Eastern Conference Ends Three-Game Losing Streak Against West

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — Kyrie Irving had 31 points and 14 assists and Carmelo Anthony hit an All-Star record eight 3-pointers to help the Eastern Conference beat the West 163-155 Sunday, ending a three-game losing streak.
Irving…

Carmelo Anthony Willing to take Paycut to Stay with Knicks

Carmelo Anthony Willing to take Paycut to Stay with Knicks

NBA via New York Knicks(NEW YORK) — With New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony’s future with the team unknown past this season, he did admit recently that he is willing to take less money to stay with the team as he is set to hit free agency this su…

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Won’t Be Recruiting Carmelo Anthony to LA

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Won’t Be Recruiting Carmelo Anthony to LA

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Although New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony is set to become a free agent this summer, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant doesn’t plan on recruiting him to sign with the Lakers in the offseason.
“All jok…

Knicks Hold Off Lakers, 110-103, Anthony Scores 35

Knicks Hold Off Lakers, 110-103, Anthony Scores 35

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) — Carmelo Anthony followed his Madison Square Garden 62-point game on Friday night with 35 points in the Knicks (17-27) 110-103 win over the Los Angeles Lakers (16-29) on Sunday.
Anthony got some help from his…

Carmelo Anthony Scores 62 Points, Breaks Team Record

Carmelo Anthony Scores 62 Points, Breaks Team Record

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) — Carmelo Anthony is the king of Madison Square Garden.  Anthony broke the single game team scoring record with 62 points, formerly held by Bernard King, in the Knicks 125-96 win over the Bobcats on Frida…

Nets Pound Knicks 103-80

Nets Pound Knicks 103-80

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  After an extremely rough start to the season, the Brooklyn Nets are now clicking on all cylinders.
Joe Johnson scored 25 points as the Nets pounded the New York Knicks 103-80 on Monday at Madison Square Gar…

Thunder Take Care of the Knicks, 123-94

Thunder Take Care of the Knicks, 123-94

NBA via Oklahoma City Thunder(NEW YORK) — Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook reminded everyone on Christmas just why he’s one of the elite players in the NBA. Led by Westbrook’s triple-double, the Thunder took care of the Knicks, 124-94.
West…

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