Report: James Dolan, Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher to meet with Carmelo

Report: James Dolan, Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher to meet with Carmelo

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Carmelo Anthony can become a free agent in July.
Carmelo Anthony can become a free agent in July. (USATSI)

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UPDATE: ESPN's Ramona Shelburne has reported that Phil Jackson will meet with Carmelo Anthony on Friday, and James Dolan will not be there.

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New York Knicks owner James Dolan, president Phil Jackson and head coach Derek Fisher are expected to meet with likely free-agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony in Los Angeles this weekend, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Jackson has met with Anthony, 30, to discuss his future with the Knicks, but this will likely be an opportunity for Jackson to finally let a coach sell his vision for a long-term partnership with the Knicks.

Anthony will exercise the Early Termination Option on his contract later this month, becoming an immediate priority target for several teams, including Chicago, Houston, Dallas and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jackson has said that he wants Anthony to opt in for next season and, failing that, hopes he would accept a pay cut to stay in New York. Anthony will have no shortage of suitors on the free-agent market, though, and he is coming off a disastrous Knicks season.

New York can offer him the most money, but that might not be all that matters. If it's about short-term winning, Anthony will have better options. If it's about long-term winning, the Knicks will have to convince him that they'll be able to attract another star. It is unclear how patient he plans on being.

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