Report: Carmelo Anthony will announce his return to the Knicks
Jul 9, 2014 at 6:00p ET
It's been almost two weeks of teams courting Carmelo Anthony, with the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers leading the way. But according to Frank Isola of the NY Daily News, 'Melo isn't going anywhere. He'll reportedly announce his return to the Knicks on Thursday.
Their source, who is close to Anthony, said that unless Melo has a last-minute change of heart, he'll re-sign with the Knicks after "agonizing over this" for the last seven days.
"He will have something for everybody on Thursday," said the Daily News' source, who is said to be with Anthony before his scheduled workout with Kevin Durant and Kevin Love in Los Angeles on Wednesday. "He is really torn because this is the biggest decision of his career. But he wants to get it done in New York. He told me he believes in Phil."
Yahoo! Sports/FOX Sports 1 NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski cites sources as suggesting that a 'Melo move to Miami to join LeBron was unlikely:
Carmelo Anthony hadn't been a part of any scenario about joining James in Miami, sources tell Yahoo. @FisolaNYDN reports he's staying in NY.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2014
Within Anthony's circle, belief's been this, sources tell Y: Get NY's $129M now, figure out destination later. You can always get a trade.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2014
Several days ago -- and maybe it's changed since but... -- 'Melo hadn't even been able to reach LeBron James, sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2014
Other media outlets indicated Wednesday that Anthony hasn't yet made up his mind:
Carmelo Anthony is still undecided on his future, despite reports to the contrary, his agent Leon Rose tells ESPN.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 9, 2014
Carmelo Anthony's agent Leon Rose tells ESPN that "he hasn't made a decision yet" on Knicks/Lakers.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 9, 2014
Still others indicated that the Knicks hadn't been informed about Anthony's intentions, even though the team remains optimistic that he will indeed return.
The Knicks have not yet been apprised that Carmelo Anthony has decided to re-sign with them, source says.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 9, 2014
Knicks have no reason to believe Anthony is going anywhere but New York, source says. Team just has not been told of decision.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 9, 2014
If Anthony does decide to return to the Knicks, he can sign the offered max contract of $129 million over five years as early as Thursday, the first day in which free agency contracts can become official. The Knicks aren't the only team to offer him their max contract, but because they are his previous team, they can offer him the most money and for the longest time.
Even though Anthony had said more than once during the season he intended to stay in New York, it was reported that his choices had narrowed down to joining Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles, where Anthony has an offseason home, and the Bulls, who he believed to be championship contenders.