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Carmelo Anthony hasn't told Knicks he's coming back

By James Herbert | NBA writer

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Carmelo Anthony has not informed the New York Knicks that he's re-signing with them, a source told CBSSports.com's Ken Berger.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported that Anthony will announce on Thursday that he's staying in New York:

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."

Anthony reportedly wants LeBron James to join him, but that might not be the most realistic scenario.

The star free agent forward has reportedly been offered a five-year, $129 million maximum contract by the Knicks. He was also reportedly considering the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls, and his agent, Leon Rose, told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that Anthony has not yet made up his mind. The Daily News, however, reported that he wants to stay where he and his family are comfortable.

Anthony's friend says that Anthony prolonging his decision is not a reflection of him having second thoughts about the Knicks. Instead, it was Anthony wanting to be sure that he could put himself in position to win a championship.

This is where things get tricky: New York went 37-45 last season, failing to qualify for the playoffs in a weak Eastern Conference. Knicks president Phil Jackson wants to add other stars to the team, but that likely will not happen this offseason. New York will reportedly pursue Pau Gasol, but that move wouldn't exactly make the team into a contender. Instead of going to a ready-made team, deciding to stay in New York would be a risky bet on Jackson, in time, surrounding him with the pieces necessary to truly compete.

Carmelo Anthony reportedly is not waiting for LeBron James to make his decision.
Carmelo Anthony might not wait for LeBron James to make his decision. (USATSI)

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