Knicks understood to still be in pole position to retain Melo.
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has reportedly met with his advisors to discuss his options ahead of free agency this summer.
It is understood that Anthony still favours re-signing with New York, but he won’t sign a new deal until he has had the opportunity to listen to recruiting pitches from other teams.
The 29-year-old has previously had a sit-down with Knicks team president Phil Jackson, and although he has kept his future under wraps since the end of the regular season but has now held talks with his advisors in order to devise a strategy.
“Anthony, his Creative Artists Agency agent Leon Rose, and CAA advisor William Wesley were in the group of six at a well-known haunt on 28th Street called Pergola in a strategy session discussing their options. The source said the group sat in a private back room,” the New York Post reports.
Both the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets have been strongly linked with a move, but given that they would have to sacrifice a significant amount to be able to offer Anthony an attractive deal, it remains to be seen whether the two parties are capable of coming to an agreement.
Coupled with the fact that Knicks can offer Anthony a max deal and will ultimately promise to build a competitive roster around him, it is likely that he will stay in the Big Apple and lead a new challenge under Jackson and a new coach.
Kevin Love is also expected to be on the market this summer after speculation earlier this month suggested he is ready to leave the Minnesota Timberwolves, but Anthony will continue to weigh up his options in the next month or so.