For all of you out there who haven’t been able to get enough of unconfirmed rumors from sources who are hiding in the dark, the Carmelo Anthony saga may continue to feed your appetite, at least for a few more days. After today’s meeting with the Lakers, it now seems to be the consensus that Anthony will make his decision in the very near future, perhaps before Monday.
This report comes from the WSJ’s Knicks reporter Chris Herring.
Hearing Carmelo will almost certainly have his decision made before the weekend is finished, according to a person familiar with the matter
— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) July 3, 2014
If true, that means that unlike LeBron James and the other two Miami musketeers, Anthony wants to get things rolling so the team he ends up with can continue to structure their future. It will also have the result of allowing the teams that lost out to move onto their backup plans, but unless ‘Melo has a lot more goodwill than other NBA players, I doubt that’s the main motivation here.
Working backward, Anthony is reported to have met with the Knicks after his meeting with the Lakers today. The Knicks aren’t the only suitor able to offer him major money though, as it now looks like the Lakers are ready to shell out $97 million over four years for the winger’s services.
Lakers made it clear to Melo today they'd offer the maximum, 4-yr, $97mil contract they can, if he chose them.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 4, 2014
You can’t quite discount the Knicks though, as there’s also a rumor flying that Anthony has talked to Pau Gasol about joining him in New York. While I’m not sure that Gasol would be the best fit for the Knicks or come close to solving their problems, he’s certainly an improvement over what’s currently going on there.
In terms of the previous three suitors, word has it that the Rockets meeting went well, although Jeremy Lin was upset about the recruiting billboard depicting Anthony in a #7 jersey (Lin’s number). The Dallas meeting only ran two hours, but Mark Cuban claims that’s because he kept things strictly business with no tours and no gimmicks.
Chicago went very well by all accounts, with Anthony spending a full nine hours being wooed by the team. Currently, the Bulls seem like his best chance to win now, as they’re already a very strong team, just lacking on the offensive side of the ball. While the Mavericks are likely a close second, both the Rockets and the Lakers would need more pieces to be a serious contender, and all three teams are in the extremely difficult Western Conference. Going to the Bulls could mean the difference between playing the Thunder in the first round and playing the Hornets.
But for now, all we can do is look at the rumors surrounding Carmelo Anthony. There’s no way to know what’s going on in his mind, so purely for that reason, I hope the rumors are true that the decision will come this weekend. Unfortunately, we’ve got no concrete information to bring you, as we weren’t privy to any of the closed-door meetings. Kind of like Kendall Marshall.
tried to sit in on the meeting, give my input.. door was locked.
— Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) July 3, 2014