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NBA rumors: Against Phil Jackson's advice, Carmelo Anthony plans to opt out

LeBron And Carmelo Together?

By SAM SPIEGELMAN
XN Sports

The summer of 2014 is set to become very interesting very soon.

New York Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony plans to opt out of his current deal by the July 1 deadline and become a free agent, the New York Daily News confirmed.

The decision to become a free agent doesn't preclude Anthony from re-signing with New York, but it only gives more credit to the rumors he could be looking to join LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with the Miami Heat.

Via XNSports:

Barring a dramatic change of heart, Anthony will opt out of his contract on July 1 and become an unrestricted free agent, the Daily News has learned.

Anthony has until June 23 to notify the Knicks of his intention to opt out. Anthony and his agent, Leon Rose, reportedly met on Thursday with Jackson, new coach Derek Fisher and general manager Steve Mills. Assuming Anthony opts out, it doesn't necessarily mean that the All-Star forward won't re-sign with the Knicks, especially when the club can offer him the most money. But even Jackson recently admitted he is concerned about losing Anthony to free agency because it "only takes one" team. That one team could be the Heat.

Knicks president Phil Jackson has advised Anthony to opt into his current deal, then become a free agent next offseason. By doing that, the Knicks would have more financial flexibility and could pursue another max-contract type of free agent - let's say LeBron James - to instantly make the Knicks an Eastern Conference contender.

This week, the biggest rumor is that 'Melo wants to take his talents to South Beach to create a Big Four. In order to facilitate that deal, Anthony, James, Bosh and Wade would also need to accept pay reductions.

Jackson is well aware there's a chance he could lose Anthony in free agency. Although the Zen Master would prefer to keep Anthony in New York, he is also preparing for life after Anthony.

"I'm not losing sleep over it but I'm definitely concerned about the idea of a guy going into free agency," Jackson said in May, via the Daily News. "It only takes one bidder out there that has the ability and can ruin your hopes and your chances."

"I told him it might be a good idea to hang in here and see what it's like for a year, and go out the next year. But that's his option, that's what he's earned, and that's what's part of his contractual agreement. He has the right to do that. But I just offered that as: 'Look, this gives you an opportunity to see how this is going to change, see how we're going to get going, your relationship to the team and the coach and the system or whatever.' "

Anthony has until June 23 to inform the Knicks of whether he plans to opt in or opt out of his contract. On Thursday, Bosh estimated the chances of Anthony landing in Miami as 1 percent, but there are other suitors as well - the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors have all been linked to Anthony.

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jathrash June 13 2014 at 5:53 PM

Lebron and Carmelo are both a couple of a-clowns. They're going to cling to each other and look for much more help to win championships. Spurs - built not bought their championships.

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Sourdgh40 June 13 2014 at 5:52 PM

nba is a joke anyway

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debnaert June 13 2014 at 6:21 PM

Oh LORD! Talk about BUYING your championship ring.... this is to much... I HOPE the NBA puts a stop to this! This is NOT RIGHT!

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dunedinmatt debnaert June 13 2014 at 6:32 PM

Guess your team sucks - LOL

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bashman30 dunedinmatt June 14 2014 at 12:47 AM

LOL???

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Addison Rose debnaert June 13 2014 at 6:58 PM

why would and how could the NBA stop a FREE AGENT sigining with any team he wants?

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dgadver June 13 2014 at 6:26 PM

Go... bad karma... take it to Miami!

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jcraft757 June 13 2014 at 9:08 PM

If he is, so, hell bent on leaving New York... Then, kick his ass to the curb. In other words, "You`re dead to me! Get loss, loser!" ( Feel me?)

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circus1804 June 13 2014 at 10:18 PM

Melo's opting because in Phil's offense he won't be able to be the selfish ball hog that he is. Whatever team he goes to will go downhill fast. MeloMe is a cancer...Denver did much better after he left. That should tell you much....don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out...

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tbrown9210 circus1804 June 14 2014 at 4:34 AM

How is not getting out of the 1st round since Melo left makes Denver a better team??!!

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latjo1234 circus1804 June 14 2014 at 9:23 AM

melo if he would sign with san antonio would survive. he would be crying every timein not being able to hog the ball. he'll go where coach isnt visible

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oh_come_on June 13 2014 at 5:41 PM

I would not play for jackson eather. He is a joke just like when he was with the bulls and lakers. He would not have one championship with the help of the refs

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efat53yz oh_come_on June 13 2014 at 7:37 PM

neither would lebron either,,,

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oh_come_on efat53yz June 13 2014 at 10:10 PM

Oh so true

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hugh4u2 June 14 2014 at 11:29 AM

The NBA has been destoyed by the likes of queen james, wade, bosh, allen, Coverting together to play for that ALL MIGHTY "RING" take a big pay cut to play together, but then make the lost money up in endorsements ! Way over paid cry baby's The game has been ruined.

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arnold63141 June 14 2014 at 12:18 AM

Who gives a hoop de hoop?

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caveat1983 June 14 2014 at 12:08 AM

Miami needs to buy their rings since they can't do it any other way. Cheap champs!

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