What's Buzzing:

AP source: Knicks offer Anthony max contract

AP - Sports
AP source: Knicks offer Anthony max contract

View photo

TORONTO, CANADA - April 11: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks attempts a free throw against the …

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Knicks went coast to coast to let Carmelo Anthony know they want him to stay in New York.

Team officials traveled to Los Angeles on Thursday night to meet with the free agent and offered him the maximum contract allowable, a person with knowledge of the details said.

Team President Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills were part of the meeting but not Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan, an official with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details of the meeting were to remain private.

The meeting was first reported by ESPN.

Anthony was in Los Angeles to meet with the Lakers, who are among the teams hoping to convince the All-Star forward to leave New York. Anthony already visited Chicago, Houston and Dallas this week.

The Knicks can offer him the largest contract, nearly $130 million over five years, though Jackson has said he hopes Anthony would take less than a maximum deal. Anthony had previously said he would be willing to do so if it would help build a winning team, but the Knicks have made it clear the money won't be an object.

Other teams can offer Anthony slightly less than $100 million in a four-year deal, according to NBA rules.

Contracts can't be signed until July 10, so Anthony is under no rush to make a decision. But the Knicks apparently wanted to make sure they got to make a final pitch after his free agency tour.

Jackson, Mills and new coach Derek Fisher had already met with Anthony last month in Los Angeles, where he informed them he would be terminating the final year of his contract and becoming a free agent.

He has never said he wants to leave the Knicks, who acquired him from Denver in a February 2011 trade. But the 30-year-old forward also said his priority is contending for championships, and the Knicks were just 37-45 last season, the first time in Anthony's 11-year career that he missed the playoffs.

View Comments (111)
  • Wade, Heat force Game 7 with 97-90 win over Hornets

    Wade, Heat force Game 7 with 97-90 win over Hornets

    Dwyane Wade scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the Miami Heat forced their first-round series to a seventh game with a 97-90 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night. Luol Deng was 9 of 14 from the field and finished … More »

    AP - Sports - 41 minutes ago
  • Pacers beat Raptors 101-83 to force Game Seven

    Pacers beat Raptors 101-83 to force Game Seven

    (The Sports Xchange) - Forward Paul George had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers used a dominating second half to beat the Toronto Raptors 101-83 in Game Six, tying the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series at 3-3. After leading … More »

    Reuters - 44 minutes ago
  • Toronto Raptors collapse in 101-83 loss to Pacers to force a Game 7

    Toronto Raptors collapse in 101-83 loss to Pacers to force a Game 7

    The Toronto Raptors' playoff series against the Indiana Pacers has come down to one game. Paul George scored 21 points to lead the Pacers to a 101-83 victory over the reeling Raptors on Friday, that evened their best-of-seven opening-round series … More »

    The Canadian Press - 44 minutes ago
  • Wade Clutch Jumper

    Wade Clutch Jumper

    Dwyane Wade hits the clutch turnaround jumper. … More »

    NBA.com - 45 minutes ago
  • Wade From Downtown

    Wade From Downtown

    Dwyane Wade made a big three-pointer late to help seal the Heat victory. … More »

    NBA.com - 49 minutes ago