Report: Knicks chances at keeping 'Melo improve

Report: Knicks chances at keeping 'Melo improve
July 4, 2014, 3:45 pm
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Carmelo Anthony's meeting with Knicks representatives must have gone well this weekend.

According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, 'Melo is buying into new Knicks president Phil Jackson's plan for the franchise and that's boosted the chances of Anthony staying in New York.

More from Wojnarowski's story:

All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony probed New York Knicks management on the franchise's plan to restore a contending roster and left his final free-agency meeting largely aligned with president Phil Jackson's vision, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Anthony had direct questions for Jackson and coach Derek Fisher during a Thursday meeting in Los Angeles, and Anthony's increased confidence with the Knicks' direction – which includes a maximum contract offer of five years and $129 million – has strengthened the franchise's chances of re-signing Anthony, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

For Anthony, 30, there could be enough doubt about the possibilities in Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles to make leaving Madison Square Garden and a guaranteed $30 million more too risky of a proposition.

As one official involved in the recruiting process told Yahoo, "He just wants to feel like he's not all alone on the court."