Despite a report that Carmelo Anthony has decided to return to the New York Knicks, the star forward hasn’t informed the Knicks of his intentions as of yet.
Anthony has been trying to decide whether to return to the Knicks, join Kobe Bryant at the Los Angeles Lakers, or join a pretty strong team at the Chicao Bulls.
The New York Daily News reported late Wednesday that Anthony had finally decided, and that he was going to rejoin the Knicks.
“After agonizing over a decision for the past week, Anthony is expected to announce on Thursday that he is re-signing with the Knicks, the Daily News has learned. Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose, claims that ‘no decision’ has been reached, but a friend who was with Anthony on Wednesday in Los Angeles told the Daily News that Anthony ‘wants to get it done in New York,'” it said.
However, despite the claim of a Thursday announcement, none has come as of 5 p.m. EDT.
And the Knicks have not been informed of any decision by Anthony privately, reported Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News.
If Anthony does return to New York, it is thought that Pau Gasol may join him.
Even if the Knicks don’t get Anthony, though, they still want Gasol.
Phil Jackson said on Wednesday that even though other teams have more money to offer Gasol, he hopes the ties between the two will help Gasol come to New York, reported Chris Herring with the Wall Street Journal.
The San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls, and Los Angeles Lakers are also reportedly pursuing the big man.
The Knicks could offer only $3.3 million. Gasol made $19 million last year.
Gasol told Yahoo back in April that he was happy for Jackson after Jackson was named new Knicks president, and that he would listen to a pitch from him.