Apr 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) walks back to the bench during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 102-91. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Knicks to meet with Carmelo Anthony in Los Angeles

The drama surrounding New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony while was he forcing his way out of Denver and was eventually traded from the Nuggets to the Knicks was worse than anyone thought.

The drama surrounding the Knicks’ losing season and questions surrounding Anthony’s free agency this season reach a new level.

Should Anthony opt out of the final year of his contract with the Knicks – and most expect that he will – the drama will hit new heights.

The Knicks, of course, would like to prevent that from happening.

Anthony was scheduled with president Phil Jackson and head coach Derek Fisher, but the Knicks have decided to up the ante. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Knicks will be sending a group consisting of Jackson and owner James Dolan, among others, to meet with Anthony in Los Angeles to discuss his future.

The New York Knicks are sending a high-level delegation – including president Phil Jackson and owner James Dolan – to Los Angeles this weekend to sell All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony on a future with the franchise, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

For Anthony, who plans to become a free agent July 1, this meeting will likely include his first chance for a face-to-face with new Knicks coach Derek Fisher, sources said.

Fisher is expected to be part of a small Knicks management contingent traveling to Los Angeles, where Anthony has been living and working out this month, league sources said.

Anthony averaged 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game last season and shot 45.2% from the field, 40.2% from beyond the arc and 84.8% from the free throw line.

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