UPDATE: Carmelo Anthony’s agent says not so fast …
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
A combination of the New York Knicks’ bottomless pockets, team president Phil Jackson’s vision, and perhaps a very important voice at home all contributed to Carmelo Anthony’s reported decision to re-up with the Knickerbockers. It appears that Melo will be back in Orange and Blue for a few more years:
A person close to Anthony told The NY Daily News on Wednesday that barring a last minute change of heart Anthony will re-sign with the Knicks after “agonizing over this” for the past week.
“He will have something for everybody on Thursday,” said the friend who was with Anthony before Anthony’s 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.”
Players can begin signing free agent contracts on Thursday and the deal on the table from the Knicks is a max contract worth $129 million over five years. The Lakers have also offered Anthony a max deal over four years while the Chicago Bulls would have to orchestrate a sign-and-trade in order for Anthony to receive close to a max contract.