How Much Does Carmelo Anthony Love New York?

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Carmelo Anthony…. where is he going to sign? Anthony is laying low and has to decide in the next week. Knicks President is confident that Anthony will re-sign with New York. However, in the event of Anthony leaving the Knicks, Jackson is prepared and focused on rebuilding.

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According to Yahoo Sports’ Marc Spears,

A source says Anthony hopes he’ll decide on where he’s going (or if he’s staying with the Knicks) by the second week of July.

“The source said Anthony loves New York and playing for the Knicks, but there are still questions surrounding the franchise,” he wrote. “The main variables: the direction of first-year president Phil Jackson and first-year coach Derek Fisher, and how long it will take the Knicks to become a winner again. Anthony yearns to be in a winning situation now and knows he would have to be patient if he stays with the Knicks, the source said.”

Anthony Set to Visit:

Anthony is testing free agency by visiting the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks. Spears said he’s also expected to meet with the Los Angeles Lakers as well.

Phil Jackson Speaking Through the Media to Anthony:

Phil Jackson has said that he hopes Carmelo Anthony is resigning with the Knicks. Jackson wants Anthony to stick by his own words. He was speaking about giving the New York Knicks a discount and staying in the city where he so badly wanted to play three years ago.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Marc Spears:

If Anthony is unwilling to take a pay cut, though, Jackson would offer him a maximum contract.

The Knicks can offer Anthony the longest contract and the most money at five years and $130 million compared to the four years and about $96 million Anthony would earn if he were to leave for another team. Jackson has said that he asked Anthony to potentially take a pay cut to remain with the Knicks. But the source also said Jackson only talked to Anthony about the concept of taking a pay cut and that Jackson said he would be willing to offer a maximum contract if that is what it took to re-sign Anthony. The source added that Anthony, 30, viewed opting in to the final year of his contract for $23.3 million next season without signing an extension as risky at his age.

The source said Anthony loves New York and playing for the Knicks, but there are still questions surrounding the franchise. The main variables: the direction of first-year Knicks president Phil Jackson and first-year coach Derek Fisher, and how long it will take the Knicks to become a winner again. Anthony yearns to be in a winning situation now and knows he would have to be patient if he stays with the Knicks, the source said.

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