Carmelo to Make Decision Monday, Hooped with Kobe, Kevin Love Today

Anthony is expected to accept the Knicks’ five-year, $129 million contract offer, and a decision could be made within the next 48 hours. The one holdup could be (LeBron) James, who is also an unrestricted free agent and is being courted by several teams, including the Cavaliers and the Lakers. Anthony met with the Lakers on Thursday in Los Angeles and afterward Lakers officials flew to Cleveland to meet with James’ agent, Rich Paul.

Marc Stein of ESPN reported on the teams most likely to land Carmelo Anthony in free agency:

Earlier, Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal reported on the talksbetween Anthony and the New York Knicks:

According to a person familiar with the situation, Anthony felt as if he got mixed signals from the New York Knicks during his meeting with the team on Thursday. While Anthony and his camp were told that he could have a maximum contract if he wanted it, a source said, team president Phil Jackson continued to preach the virtues of taking less than the maximum—a message that left Anthony questioning whether the max offer was sincere.

Updates from Saturday, July 5

Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski has the latest on the Los Angeles Lakers’ pursuit of Carmelo Anthony:

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Chris Broussard had more on the Lakers’ front:

The Lakers’ pitch — of teaming Anthony with Kobe BryantPau Gasol and prized rookie Julius Randle on a team with no long-term salary obligations — made what one source described as a “strong impression” on Anthony and has made his decision over the holiday weekend “tough,” according to another source close to the situation.

Gasol has emerged as a key selling point for the Lakers. While the Spaniard has been listening to pitches from championship contenders who lack much financial flexibility, such as Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Miami and Chicago, sources believe he would quickly re-sign with the Lakers if they are able to land Anthony or James.

Written by Catfish Hughes

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