Mar 07, 2014 2:00 PM EST
Carmelo Anthony may benefit from delaying his free agency until 2015, both in terms of choosing his destination and financially.
The New York Knicks are scheduled to have cap space in 2015 to sign another max contract player, but re-signing this offseason would leave Anthony unsure of who may ultimately join him.
Anthony would earn an additional $4.27 million through 17-18 and be able to lock in an additional season if he were to opt-in for 14-15 and sign a new max deal in 2015.
"It really comes down to what the player truly wants because that is what matters, you will execute his decision," said one of the NBA's top agents, who does not represent Anthony. "But I would advise my star clients that 2015 is a better year to be a free agent if getting on to a championship contender is the top priority."
A source close to Anthony said that opting in with the Knicks for the 14-15 season is not an option he is considering now.
In delaying free agency, Anthony could join a free agency class that includes Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Love.
Mar 07, 2014 11:34 AM EST
The New York Knicks met with Phil Jackson two weeks ago about the possibility of him becoming the next head coach.
Jackson met with Steve Mills and said he was not interested in the position at this time.
Jackson is 68 years old and his physical ailments would make the rigors of an 82-game schedule difficult.
Jackson has expressed interest in the media in running a front office.
Mar 06, 2014 11:54 AM EST
During All-Star Weekend, Carmelo Anthony and Joakim Noah had a conversation about Tom Thibodeau that eventually led to a recruiting pitch for the Chicago Bulls, according to a report.
Anthony asked Noah what it is like to play for Thibodeau.
Thibodeau has been rumored as an eventual candidate for the New York Knicks, while Anthony is also reportedly considering signing with the Bulls in the offseason.
Noah went on to tell Anthony that he should consider signing with the Bulls "if he wants to win a ring and secure a winning legacy."
Anthony told Noah that he "admires how hard the Bulls play and how hungry they are."
Derrick Rose would like the Bulls to sign Anthony in the offseason and is willing to help the team in their recruitment efforts.
Sources say that it would be difficult for Anthony to leave New York while also taking less money.
Mar 04, 2014 11:19 PM EST
Carmelo Anthony and his camp are not interested in entering free agency in 2015 and remain set on this upcoming offseason.
Anthony will be 31 when the 2015 free agency period hits.
The New York Knicks will likely pitch to Anthony the idea of adding stars around him through trade or free agency.
Anthony could opt into his contract in the offseason but has made it clear this season that he wants to become a free agent.
Mar 04, 2014 2:52 PM EST
The Erie Bayhawks have released Chris Smith.
Smith began the season with the New York Knicks under controversial circumstances as the younger brother of J.R. Smith.
Prior to his release, a source says that Smith had already left the team due to having issue with his playing time.
Mar 02, 2014 12:15 PM EST
George Karl is the former head coach of Carmelo Anthony, and the New York Knicks' star experienced his longest postseason run under Karl in 2009.
Karl discussed Anthony and how his talent has not led to consistent winning with the Knicks. Karl did not disagree that Anthony could be best described as the prototypical AAU player who generates the most energy through his own shooting.
“There’s no question that he wants to win and his I.Q. for the game is actually very good,” Karl said. “He always wants to think like a coach, but he always doesn’t want to sign the contract with the coach.
“I think Melo respected me and I think he respects Mike Woodson. But I don’t think Melo understands that coming to work with the best attitude every single day is a precious commodity when you’re the best player. That’s not the same thing as playing hard. That’s bringing the total package, 100 percent focused on all the little things. Those are rare breeds. Kevin Garnett. Michael Jordan. LeBron didn’t always have it, but he has it now.
“Melo doesn’t get an A in that department — maybe not much more than a B-minus. It is, in a sense, the A.A.U. mind-set: We worked hard yesterday, maybe we can take a day off today. That’s why he really needs that player — the point guard or someone who takes on that role — to be the bridge from the coach to him.”
Karl praised the impact of Chauncey Billups during the Denver Nuggets' run to the Western Conference Finals in 2009.
“He had that championship mentality from Detroit that my team didn’t have,” Karl said. “It’s hard to define what that actually is, but I think it’s a combination of things: the leadership, the calming of a locker room, the peer pressure of making sure the right stuff is being talked about.”
In how that related to Anthony, Karl added, “He’s got to have that mental toughness around him for when he gets a little selfish.”
Mar 02, 2014 11:36 AM EST
The New York Knicks are expected to pursue a trade of Amar'e Stoudemire in the offseason before he enters the final season of his contract.
The Knicks hope they could exchange Stoudemire for the contract of an impact player on a bad contract, such as Eric Gordon of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Expiring contracts have seemingly become less valuable under the NBA's current CBA.
Trading Stoudemire for a contract longer in length would also compromise the Knicks' plans for cap space in 2015.
Mar 01, 2014 2:47 PM EST
Carmelo Anthony was diagnosed with a bruised right hand on Saturday.
Anthony suffered hits to his right hand in Friday's loss to the Golden State Warriors and said he would receive a checkup.
Anthony is averaging 28.2 points and 8.7 rebounds this season.
The Knicks face the Chicago Bulls on Sunday afternoon.
Mar 01, 2014 2:04 AM EST
The New York Knicks have lost five straight games and fell to 21-38 after Friday night's blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors.
J.R. Smith was adamant the Knicks lack the passion needed to get over their struggles.
“It’s not a mental thing, it’s a heart thing,” Smith said. “You’re gonna let people score, what, 40-50 points in the paint, over and over again, we ain’t gonna win. We ain’t gonna win games like that. Guys get open shots, walking through the lane, run around, slapping high-fives, laughing, joking. When you’re supposed to be a team trying to make the playoffs, you ain’t gonna win.
“It ain’t gonna happen like that. You gotta play with effort, play with heart. I mean, I’m not condoning knocking somebody down and hurting nobody. But we gotta do something. We gotta stick up for ourselves. We’re just letting people do what they want to do.”
Feb 28, 2014 11:12 AM EST
Hank Ratner has been relieved of his duties as president and CEO of Madison Square Garden, the entity that owns the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.
Tad Smith, president of Cablevision Systems Corp., will replace him.
Ratner had been CEO of MSG since 2009, overseeing the $1 billion renovation of the arena.
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