After days of guessing and pondering, it appears as if Carmelo Anthony is going to re-sign with the New York Knicks, barring a last-minute change of heart. NY Daily News’ Frank Isola is reporting that a person close to Anthony says that Melo “wants to get it done in New York” and that he believes in Phil Jackson.
Current free agents will not be able to sign with a team until 12:01 on Thursday morning, so don’t expect anything official until then. He was originally supposed to give the Knicks a decision by Monday, but left the Knicks in the dark. For days now, many have been speculating about whether or not Melo would be joining forces with LeBron James, either in Miami, Los Angeles, or even New York. But as that ship sails, it looks like his heart remained in New York and that’s ultimately where his family preferred they stay.
It’s unclear what Melo will be making, if he chooses to stay in New York. Earlier in the free agency period, it was reported that Jackson did indeed offer him the max contract he has desired, which was estimated to be $129 million over five years. Jackson will need to do some more fine tuning with the roster if he expects to hoist the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy in 2015. But, hopefully Melo understands that, takes less, and let’s Jackson work his magic.