According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:
A person close to Anthony told The News on Wednesday that barring a last minute change of heart Anthony will re-sign with the Knicks after “agonizing over this” for the past week.
“He will have something for everybody on Thursday,” said the friend who was with Anthony before Anthony’s scheduled workout with Kevin Durant and Kevin Love in Los Angeles on Wednesday. “He is really torn because this is the biggest decision of his career. But he wants to get it done in New York. He told me he believes in Phil.”
I think we’ve learned enough lo these past four years not to assume anything’s carved in granite until there’s a horde of photographers and a grinning Dolan, and we’re still dealing with “this guy I know sez,” it’s pretty definitive. Then, there’s this:
the deal on the table from the Knicks is a max contract worth $129 million over five years.
It’s been a positively deranged last few days with Gilbert plane-spotting, and ghost UCLA workouts, but at least our corner of it appears to be settling down. Then there’s this ominous-sounding #WojBomb, which doesn’t paint a picture of Melo n’ Phil bonding at the molecular level:
Within Anthony's circle, belief's been this, sources tell Y: Get NY's $129M now, figure out destination later. You can always get a trade.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2014
More to follow (definitely).
UPDATE 4:12pm: THAT WAS FAST. Howard Beck is throwing a small socket wrench Isola’s report.
Re Melo: Source says "no decision yet." Teams pursuing him have not received definitive word. @FisolaNYDN reporting Melo is returning to NY.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) July 9, 2014
Carmelo Anthony's agent Leon Rose tells ESPN that "he hasn't made a decision yet" on Knicks/Lakers.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 9, 2014
Isola’s original report did include a pretty big caveat: “Barring a last-minute change of mind.” Stay tuned…