Carmelo Anthony Heading Back to New York???

Carmelo Anthony recently spoke to TMZ about playing basketball next season, it was just assumed by everyone it would be back in Portland. Turns out, that's not necessarily the case.

According to Marc Berman of the NY Post, it's not out of the realm of possibilities that Carmelo Anthony signs with the New York Knicks for a second stint with the team.

Berman goes on to mention how Anthony is training like a mad man in New York, and could be muscling up for a return to MSG. One of the most interesting aspects of Berman's article is how he mentions the connection between Knicks president Leon Rose and 'Melo, and how the Knicks are trying to acquire Chris Paul, who just so happens to be one of Anthony's best friends.

However, if point guard Chris Paul makes his way to the Knicks via a trade, sources have said Anthony is likely to want to follow. Anthony and Paul are close friends who dreamed of playing together in the NBA and saw their alliance in Houston end prematurely.

Both players were represented by Knicks president Leon Rose when he was basketball chief of Creative Artists Agency. A source said Rose is amenable to an Anthony return even without Paul.

If Julius Randle is part of a Paul deal, the Knicks will need a starting small forward and power forward. Anthony plays either position.

Some Knick fans are going to love the news, as 'Melo is looking nice in the gym...

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