Report: Anthony Will Take Weekend To Make Decision

07.03.14 4 years ago 3 Comments
Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony (Cary Edmondson, USATODAY Sports)

Carmelo Anthony has already met with the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, and Dallas Mavericks, and is visiting with the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks in LA later today. After his whirlwind recruitment tour is finally over, Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Anthony will take the holiday weekend before making a decision on his future.

The Lakers are holding nothing back in their pitch to Anthony. Franchise legend James Worthy is among the Los Angeles contingent meeting with Carmelo, and Kobe Bryant will get together with him later today despite missing the team’s presentation due to timing issues.

Details of the Knicks’ plan to help lure Anthony back to New York later today are unknown. It’s pertinent to note, however, that Carmelo hopes to speak with highly-sought free agent Pau Gasol about the prospects of playing in New York next season.

There’s a growing belief that Carmelo is now leaning towards taking the extra security that means re-signing with the Knicks. Only New York can offer him a five-year, $129 million contract.

And though the four-year, $96 million deal other teams can legally yield him is nothing to scoff at, half of the teams he’s considering have to make several moves to gain the necessary cap space offering such a contract would take. As of now, only the Mavericks and Lakers could sign him out-right; the Bulls and Rockets – who some would consider the favorites to land Anthony – need to shed additional salary. There are means for both teams to do so, but that process would surely diminish the overall talent-level of each roster.

Also of note is the Mavericks’ strategy to woo Carmelo as opposed to that of others suitors. Whereas the Bulls, Rockets, and Lakers have decked out arenas in his image, used current and former stars to pitch him, or a combination of the two, Dallas’ meeting with Anthony was all business. And compared to standards established by Chicago and Houston, it was also short.

Is the above an indication that the Mavericks landing ‘Melo is a long-shot? Is New York the frontrunner that teams assume? We’ll find out next week.

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