It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony is reportedly set  to return to the New York Knicks on a five-year deal. While Anthony has visited numerous cities throughout the courting process, it seems that he has been leaning in this direction for some time now. 

Frank Isola of the NY Daily News, had this to say about Anthony’s likely return to New York.

Anthony is expected to accept the Knicks’ five-year, $129 million contract offer, and a decision could be made within the next 48 hours.

The question will now be raised about whether New York will bring in another star to team up with Anthony. That had to be an object of discussion between the veteran and Knicks president Phil Jackson.

Other reports indicate that Anthony has been attempting to lure Pau Gasol to the Big Apple. It remains to be seen whether the Knicks can afford to add another star to a roster tht includes an overpaid Amare Stoudemire. They did, however, rid some salary by sending Tyson Chandler to the Dallas Mavericks earlier in the offseason.

In addition to that, the Knicks acquired Jose Calderon in the Chandler deal. The veteran point guard fits Derek Fisher’s triangle set to a T.

Despite missing the playoffs a season ago, New York’s trajectory seems to be pointing up right now. Add Gasol to the mix and it is a legit contender in the weak Eastern Conference, depending on what happens with the Miami Heat in the coming weeks.

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