There are only a few basketball media people out there who are to be trusted implicitly, and Adrian Wojnarowski over at Yahoo Sports is one of them. He is rarely wrong about his predictions on Twitter, which should greatly please the New York Knicks at this moment.
Just a matter of hours until Carmelo Anthony informs the Knicks of his return on a five-year deal, as @FisolaNYDN reported this week.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 12, 2014
It seems that Phil Jackson’s confidence in Melo’s return was justified, and basketball fans in New York can now exhale. The exact terms of the deal have not been announced, however it is fully expected that the small forward will sign a maximum deal of $129 million over five years.
The Chicago Bulls were the other front-runner for Anthony in the last week, but the hot pursuit of Pau Gasol may have worsened their chances.
Knicks head coach Derek Fisher has got to be a happy man at present. Melo’s exciting return does not however guarantee that they will win a championship in the next five years. The Heat are no longer a major threat to them in the Eastern Conference, but you will notice that LeBron James did not jump to the West.
It has been quite an exciting few days in free-agency, and I am looking forward to when most of the major players have signed. Luol Deng and Trevor Ariza are up next for the teams in need of a small forward. You think that Pat Riley might want to give Deng a call? The Miami Heat definitely have enough cap room.