Although most believe Carmelo Anthony will opt out of his contract with the New York Knicks in the coming weeks, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s intending to leave the franchise in free agency.
Granted, it’s still a very real possibility though Anthony’s recent comments about a meeting with New York Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson may give Big Apple fans a glimmer of hope.
Anthony, speaking to reporters, suggested that his meeting with the Knicks brass went ‘great’ and commended the franchise for their hiring of new head coach, Derek Fisher.
Carmelo Anthony said he had a “great” meeting with Knicks president Phil Jackson, general manager Steve Mills and head coach Derek Fisher in Los Angeles last week. He also commended Jackson for his decision to hire Fisher, a first-year head coach.
“It was great meeting with Phil, it went well,” Anthony told two reporters at an event on Wednesday in Manhattan to promote his partnership with 50 Cent and SMS Audio headphones.
On Fisher’s hiring, Anthony added: “I like what Phil is doing.”
While it may be nothing more than lip service on the part of Anthony, he didn’t have to say anything if he didn’t want to, so it’s hard to take any negative out of this for the Knicks fans who are hoping Anthony re-signs with the organization this Summer (or opts in to his contract).
The Knicks have stated they prefer Anthony to opt in to the contract, allowing them more time to build around the pending free agent.