Representatives for Carmelo Anthony are presently in negotiations on a contract that will bring him back to the New York Knicks, sources tell ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.
The Chicago Bulls and the Houston Rockets have been told by Anthony’s representatives to move on, the sources said.
Knicks president Phil Jackson said Thursday that he hadn’t heard from Anthony in recent days but remained confident the All-Star forward would re-sign with the Knicks. Jackson said the Knicks have made five different contract offers to Anthony, one of which is believed to be a maximum deal of $129 million over five years.
Knicks coach Derek Fisher seemed to be on the same page as Jackson.
“I haven’t heard anything different than that,” Fisher said Friday after the Knicks started Las Vegas Summer League play with a 76-64 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. “We talked all this week about the fact that it’s not our decision.”
The first-time coach stressed that point.
“Decisions as free agents are never as easy as they seem,” he said. “A lot of focus is on the contract size or the amount of money and the years, but oftentimes, guys are thinking on a much larger level.
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