Report: Carmelo Anthony will return to the Knicks

Carmelo Anthony will return to the Knicks, reports NY Daily News

7/9/14 in NBA   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Report: Carmelo Anthony will return to the KnicksCarmelo Anthony will announce his return to the New York Knicks on Thursday, reports the New York Daily News. No he will not, reports ESPN. We have a good old-fashioned journalistic dispute here, as the Daily News continues to insist that Anthony has decided to stay with the New York Knicks and will announce his decision when players can begin signing free agent contracts on Thursday.

The Daily News is sticking to their guns that Carmelo Anthony had decided to stay with the New York Knicks. The story is written by Frank Isola, a very well-respected reporter on the Knicks beat. This was also the leading story on the New York Daily News home page for about an hour until it was replaced by "Woman 'tripping balls' on acid streaks nude through Arkansas city street — SEE THE VIDEO". (The Carmelo story remains the lead atop their sports section.)

But ESPN insists otherwise. They say Carmelo Anthony has not yet decided on an offer, with Anthony's agent Leon Rose telling ESPN that Carmelo "hasn't made a decision yet".

Blog Photo - Report: Carmelo Anthony will return to the KnicksThat may just be agent-speak. According to Frank Isola at the Daily News, "Anthony is expected to announce on Thursday that he re-signing with the Knicks, the Daily News has learned". Isola's source is "a friend who was with Anthony on Wednesday in Los Angeles told the Daily News that Anthony 'wants to get it done in New York'."

Per the Daily News report: "'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 Bel Air. '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'."

For general fans of the game, this would be disappointing. Carmelo-to-the-Lakers would have created a dynamite new Western Conference contender. Ditto Carmelo-to-the-Bulls in the East. Carmelo-to-the-Rockets would have also given fans a fascinating new storyline.

But if the Daily News' report is true, the NBA free agency landscape may have just had one of its major tectonic shifts. And it didn't move a thing.
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