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Report: Edge goes to Knicks to keep Anthony

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After visiting with eager suitors in Chicago, Houston, Dallas and Los Angeles this week, free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony appears to be leaning toward remaining with the New York Knicks.

The perennial All-Star believes Knicks president Phil Jackson has a plan to build a winner in New York after the two met with new coach Derek Fisher and general manager Steve Mills in Los Angeles on Thursday to discuss the future of the franchise, according to Yahoo Sports.

Anthony is expected to make a decision by Monday.

Tthe Knicks will be able to offer Anthony a five-year, $129 million contract. No other team is able to match that offer.

USA Today reported that the Knicks see the the Chicago Bulls as their only threat to land Anthony. Anthony's visits this week started in Chicago, moved to Houston, then Dallas and on to Los Angeles to speak with the Lakers.

The Lakers promised to offer Anthony a maximum four-year, $95 million contract if he signs. According to reports, the top offer the Bulls could make while retaining forward Taj Gibson is $72.6 million for four years.

Anthony also was reported to be attempting to talk with free agent Pau Gasol about joining him in New York. However, the Knicks could only offer Gasol $3.3 million next year after he played for $19 million with the Lakers last season.
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