The New York Knicks have made it clear that they want Carmelo Anthony to stay with the team. Officials from the team met with the currently free agent player and offered the maximum contract that is allowed at the moment.
Because meeting details are to remain private, an inside source revealed under anonymity that the meeting involved general manager Steve Mills and team president Phil Jackson. James Dolan, chairman, did not participate.
The meeting took place in Los Angeles as Anthony was meeting representatives of the LA Lakers, another team that wants the player on the team. It was highlighted that the player also visited Dallas, Houston and Chicago, with all teams being interested in his services.
Whether or not the Knicks managed to convince him is something that we will probably learn soon but it seems that the maximum contract at the moment is roughly around $130 million for 5 years. Based on current NBA rules, other teams would be able to offer a little under $100 million for 4 years deals.
No contract will be signed by July 10th so Carmelo Anthony is under no particular rush to make the decision. The Knicks really want him but for the player, money is not the only thing of interest. The 30 years old declared that the priority for him is to be a contender for the championship. The Knicks did not have a great 2014 season so that may turn Anthony towards other teams.