And while the meeting didn’t exactly go as the Knicks had planned as Anthony still intends to opt out of his contract and all signs point to him leaving the Knicks, ‘Melo did have some good things to say about the meeting.
According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Anthony said: “It was a great meeting with Phil. It went well.”
Carmelo said tonight in NYC of his meeting with Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher & Steve Mills: “It was a great meeting with Phil. It went well,”
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) June 19, 2014
Anthony was also questioned about the addition of new head coach Fisher, who was also part of the sit down. “I like what Phil is doing,” Anthony said.
However while that is good for Knicks fans to hear, it doesn’t mean that he will be coming back to the Knicks as it is more likely that Melo was just being polite and I don’t doubt that the meeting was great for a second.
It’s just at the end of the day the Knicks have nothing to sell Melo on except hypothetical free agent signings that may or may not happen after what is likely going to be another tough season on the court.
Then there is a report from Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski that suggests that Jackson’s pursuit of Melo is to simply save face with the fans than it is to committing to Melo long term.
Around Anthony and the NBA, there’s some doubt about whether Jackson truly wants to keep him on a five-year, $120 million-plus extension, or simply is giving the appearance for public relations’ sake. Jackson has been somewhat cavalier in his public declarations of wanting Anthony to stay, and it’s been noticed.
Anthony has said he’s willing to take less than the maximum-allowable contract, but league sources said that involves situations where he can be shown how his financial concessions can result in the immediate acquisition or retention of talent. Anthony hasn’t expressed interest in taking less for hypothetical signings in 2015 or ’16, as New York wants him to do, sources said.
At the end of the day I really don’t know what else the Knicks can do to keep Anthony.
They aren’t going to give him a max contract and they can’t make any major acquisitions to improve the team immediately.
While the door is not completely shut until Anthony signs elsewhere, all signs are pointing to the fact that it’s getting closer to being completely locked.