Mar 30, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts on the court against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Knicks won 89-84. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA rumors: Knicks 'optimistic' Carmelo Anthony will re-sign


When NBA Free Agency begins, all eyes will be on NBA stars Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James to see where they sign. As far as Anthony is concerned, the New York Knicks appear to be optimistic about their chances of retaining their star player.

Anthony is expected to visit the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers before he officially becomes a free agent on Tuesday at 12:01 a.m.

Despite the flirtation with different teams around the league, the Knicks are hopeful that Melo will return.

From ESPN.com:

The New York Knicks are increasingly optimistic about their chances of re-signing star Carmelo Anthony even as he readies himself to talk to other teams next week, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources told ESPN.com that Knicks officials, while not willing to trumpet it publicly with free agency fast approaching, are quietly confident about their odds of retaining Anthony thanks in part to the idea that new team president Phil Jackson and the high-scoring forward have “connected” to some degree.

As an interesting note, the piece also mentions the possibility that Phil Jackson will target his former Lakers pal Pau Gasol.

The Knicks can only offer Gasol around $4 million per year, so he would have to agree to join the Knicks at a discounted rate. If he can be assured that Anthony will be re-signing, it may be something that he would strongly consider.

The free agent frenzy and rumor mill is just getting started, so be sure to stay tuned to FanSided.com over the next few weeks as we keep you updated with the latest news and rumors from the free agency madness.

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