There are many within the New York Knicks’ organization that feel star forward Carmelo Anthony is headed out the door, believing he thinks he may be the missing piece for a Chicago Bulls’ team that really struggles to score (and were defeated 75-69 by the Washington Wizards Tuesday night to lose the series 4-1).
Anthony is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent on July 1.
According to Marc Berman and Ian Mohr of The New York Post, Anthony and Knicks’ President Phil Jackson had a two-hour dinner meeting on Tuesday night.
Sources said Jackson was seen arriving at American Cut at 8:30 p.m. and waited at the bar. Anthony arrived soon after to meet him, a witness said. The duo was then seen heading through the dining room and into to the restaurant’s “ultra-private” Black Room in the back of the restaurant.
The room seats 16, but Jackson and Anthony were alone in the room, the source said, describing it as a place with marble tables and leather chairs. They met for two hours before leaving, the witness said.
A source said the duo was in “deep conversation” during their meeting.
Last season, Anthony averaged 27.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.