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'Melo: No Amar'e pitch yet

Posted on: July 5, 2010 9:02 pm

Carmelo Anthony has been taking in all the free-agent news from Los Angeles, where he's been spending much of the offseason working out and mulling a three-year, $65 million extension offer from the Nuggets. In a phone interview with Monday night, Anthony said he hasn't decided whether to accept the extension -- nor has he heard from Amar'e Stoudemire about possibly joining him in New York as a free agent next summer.

"He was just out here in L.A. with me," Anthony said, "but we never talked about that."

Stoudemire, who agreed to a five-year, $99.8 million contract with the Knicks Monday, told reporters over the weekend that he was trying to bring Anthony and Spurs point guard Tony Parker with him. Both could be free agents next summer.

"I'm happy for him," Anthony said of Stoudemire. "Real happy for him."

Anthony's future is tied to the extension offer that's on the table with Denver. The decision is whether to take the money and security now, or enter the summer of 2011 as the unquestioned face of that free agent class.

"It’s on the table, but I haven’t made a decision yet," Anthony said. "I just want to take my time on this one, really just want to take my time."

Part of the equation is a new collective bargaining agreement -- and potentially, a lockout -- that would seriously cloud the benefits of being an unrestricted free agent next summer. Barring a trade this summer -- which reported Saturday has a "zero chance" of happening -- Anthony would have until June 30, 2011 to accept the Nuggets' extension offer.

"As far as free agency goes next summer, of course the collective bargaining agreement comes into play," Anthony said. "That's definitely something to think about. But right now, as far as the extension goes, I'm just taking my time."

Anthony sounded intrigued by the Knicks' agreement with Stoudemire, the first significant shoe to drop in a mammoth free-agent summer. As for whether Stoudemire could attract LeBron James or Dwyane Wade to New York, Anthony said he didn't think either one would be easily swayed by such a pitch.

"I don’t know," Anthony said. "I think those guys are going to make their own decisions. I don’t think anybody else is going to tell them what they should do. I think this is something that an individual is going to have to make a decision on."


Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 4:51 pm

'Melo: No Amar'e pitch yet

the knicks are definately going in the right direction.  they have a ton of cap space left and will have more cap space when the fat waste of space (curry), comes off the books next year.  lee is a quality player, but a'mare brings excitement, not only to the fans, but to other players making decisions on where they want to sign as free agents.  aside from this year's free agents, next year carmelo and parker will be alot more excited to ponder signing with the knicks with a'mare here, than they would with david lee.

Since: Jun 21, 2008
Posted on: July 5, 2010 10:40 pm

'Melo: No Amar'e pitch yet

No reason why A'mare and Anthony won't improve the Knicks team and help them win. Quite frankly I think Lee is over-rated. Sure he's a good role player. Quite like Odom, Love and other types of guys that CAN score 15-20 PPG and get their 10 rebounds. If they can dump Curry's contract and pick up a PF, or maybe even Ray Allen. That team could be great.

Imagine Duhon with Anthony, Allen and Stoudamire to pass to. I think that could be a great combo. Especially since Allen has proven he can play with 2 others. They'll just need a good coach to keep everyone happy with their touches, playing time and what not.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2010 9:51 pm

'Melo: No Amar'e pitch yet

Amare and Melo, and interesting pair. One is injured and so inconsistent, the other whom likes to score, run from a fight, and  little else while on the court. Amare is completely over rated and Anthony is prone to disappear in the playoffs, though to his credit, did win a championship in college. New York deserves all of this with their having Thomas as GM for all those years. I still see them as being a force in the East, many years away. Letting Lee go [if they do} and signing Amare seems to be going backwards. in my opinion. I am no professional  commentator , but it seems ridiculous to me, calling this an upgrade. Just throwing money out the window. If they think that James may still come here, [Wade also], They have a rude awakening coming.

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