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Carmelo Anthony on his free agent decision: ‘It was pretty much always Chicago or New York’


Carmelo Anthony went on a free agent tour of several teams, before ultimately re-signing with the Knicks as was widely expected all along.

The reason, of course, was money — even though Anthony has been disingenuous publicly in claiming otherwise.

During his process, Anthony spent time with the Rockets, Mavericks, Bulls and Lakers, and while reports had him strongly considering all of those teams as a potential destination, now that the process is finished, he says it really was only a two-team race.

From Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com:

“It was overwhelming,” Anthony said. “It was stressful in the final days, one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make.”

Anthony said, though, it ultimately came down to New York and Chicago.

“I was flip-flopping,” he admitted. “It was hard. It was Chicago, but then after I met with L.A., it was L.A. But it came back to Chicago — and was pretty much always Chicago or New York. That’s a situation where I could have walked in now to an opportunity to compete for the next however many years.”

At one point it was reported that the Lakers became serious contenders to secure Anthony’s services, but we see now that it was never really that serious of an option.

The Bulls were the only other team outside of New York that ever made any sense, due to the fact that Anthony could have contended for a title immediately in Chicago. But because it would have cost him tens of millions of dollars to do so, the Knicks were always the most logical choice.

Report: Knicks made (ridiculous) offer to trade for Kevin Love

New York Knicks  v Philadelphia 76ers

Kevin Love will almost certainly be traded by the Timberwolves, if not sometime this summer than before the mid-season trade deadline for sure.

As the Cavaliers remain in the lead to land Love, both due to the package they can offer as well as Love’s willingness to re-up with a team that has LeBron James firmly in place, other teams are scrambling to make last-ditch pitches to try to get in on a sweepstakes to land one of the league’s premier offensive players.

The Bulls have made a push or two to get into the mix, and their offers were worth considering. The Knicks, however, lack the assets to be taken seriously when entering the conversation — which is something they apparently tried to do pretty recently.

From Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal:

The Knicks recently attempted to make a trade for Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love, offering forward Amar’e Stoudemire and his enormous expiring contract, second-year guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. and swingman Iman Shumpert, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

But the longshot offer, made in the past week, was declined and never stood much of a chance, particularly since the Timberwolves could potentially strike a richer deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers involving No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins. The Chicago Bulls, who have a bevy of intriguing assets to trade, have reportedly had conversations with Minnesota about Love in recent weeks since failing to sign Knicks star Carmelo Anthony in free agency. …

Team president Phil Jackson and the Knicks were likely aware that they had little to no chance of landing Love with their proposal, which might have been more of a formality since several teams have called Minnesota to gauge what it would take for the Timberwolves to pull the trigger. But knowing that Love has quietly expressed an interest in playing in New York, the Knicks went ahead with an offer.

Phil Jackson is aged, but he’s not yet delusional.

He knew that New York had little chance of appealing to the Timberwolves here, and nothing would make the Knicks more immediately ready to build some semblance of a decent team than to unload the uninsurable final year of Stoudemire’s deal in trade; getting an All-Star back in exchange for doing so is so far beyond the realm of possibility that Jackson likely couldn’t get through pitching such a proposal with a straight face.

New York’s market size will always have the Knicks at least initially in the conversation to land All-Stars like Love. But until the team can assemble some legitimate assets, most stars are going to pass up the bright lights for a more readily available winning situation.

Report: Lakers strongly considered George Karl before offering Byron Scott

Denver Nuggets head Coach George Karl named 2012-2013 NBA Coach of the Year

Why did the Lakers take so long to offer Byron Scott their head-coaching job?

LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony were long off the market, halting a plan to let them choose the next coach in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles’ other top candidate, Lionel Hollins, took the Nets job.

By the end, Scott appeared to be the only plan left.

But maybe George Karl, who had definite interest, remained under consideration.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

Karl deserves a head-coaching job in this league. He might be difficult, but he knows his Xs and Os, and he’s proven that over many years. At some point, I believe he’ll get another shot, but if he can’t beat out Scott, I don’t know.

For Lakers fans, I’ll leave you with this Heywood Broun quote:

The tragedy of life is not that man loses but that he almost wins.

Carmelo Anthony signs with bad team for the money, says he didn’t sign with bad team for the money

Carmelo Anthony

The Knicks were bad last year. They were also old.

Bad and old teams tend not to improve the following season.

Carmelo Anthony is no dummy. He knew this when he re-signed with New York.

So why stay?

The money, of course.

Melo received $124,064,681 guaranteed – not quite as much as he could have gotten, but still significantly more than his max elsewhere ($95,897,375)

As obvious as that is, he can’t say it.

Melo, via Jeff Goodman of ESPN:

“I want to win. I don’t care about the money,” Anthony told ESPN.com. “I believe Phil will do what he has to do to take care of that.”

“I don’t think we’re that far away,” he added. “People use ‘rebuilding’ too loosely.”

Maybe Derek Fisher is already a great coach capable of turning around the Knicks. Maybe Phil Jackson will waive championship dust over the franchise. Maybe Andrea Bargnani will play like an All-Star in a contract year.

And if Melo believes in those things, more power to him.

But if he’s wrong, at least he has his money to fall back on. As he should. There’s nothing wrong with his decision.

He just can’t defend it truthfully in public.

Thursday And-1 links: All-Star logos, Pharrell Williams, Carmelo Anthony as anchor on Knicks

2015 All-Star logo
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Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers believe in bullet points more than Wizards fans believe Kevin Durant is theirs in 2016….

• The NBA released the logo for the 2015 All-Star Game in New York and Brooklyn, and it plays off the subway sign transportation theme. You can see it to the right. I like it.

• Pharrell Williams will curate the music for NBA 2K14, and you can follow this link to see the Kevin Durant cover.

• Why Carmelo Anthony’s contract could be an anchor for the Knicks.

Philadelphia has signed point guard Pierre Jackson, it’s a one-year, partially guaranteed deal.

• Warriors point guard Shaun Livingston is sidelined for a month with a sprained big toe.

• The Kings have until Saturday to decide whether or not to keep Quincy Acy.

• Al Harrington says he has recovered from left shoulder surgery and is trying to catch on somewhere.

• My wife would have killed me.

There’s a rumor going around that once the  NBA gets a new, expanded television deal they will add two teams in Seattle and Louisville. I wouldn’t bet the rent on that.

• The Spurs have hired one of the brightest minds in European basketball, Ettore Messina. Because that brain trust wasn’t deep enough already.

• Russell Westbrook has his own line of sunglasses.

• Among the things that need to be factored into a free agent is the tax rates in a various states — you pay a lot higher rate in California or New York to make big bucks than you do in Texas or Florida. Tax rates are not as big a factor as some fans think, but it is a factor. And the NBA doesn’t plan to do anything about it.

• We can’t run the video here for language reasons, but watch Kobe Bryant beat a fan in horse while talking smack.

• Dwyane Wade and a dolphin. Because we can.

• In maybe the best signing of the off-season, the AT&T Center in San Antonio is hiring an air conditioning specialist. Not that they won’t take how Game 1 of the Finals worked out.

• Louis ‘Red’ Klotz — the man behind the Washington Generals of Harlem Globetrotters fame — has passed away.

• Phoenix has waived Dionte Christmas.

• Jeremy Pargo inked a two-year Maccabi Tel Aviv (the reigning EuroLeague champion, which was where David Blatt coached last season).

• Finally, JaVale McGee dunks in his dreams.