I think the puzzle is starting to clear up just a bit, especially after Carmelo reached out to get Pau Gasol's phone number.
Just before his final meeting with the Knicks, Melo asked for and received Pau Gasol's phone number so he could discuss the possibility of playing together in Madison Square Garden.
According to a league source, the Knicks are getting an increasing confidence they will get Melo and hold off Chicago and Houston, who can't make the same kind of max offer the Knicks just did.
Thoughts: For the New York Knicks fans I think this is a sign that Melo is going to take the max deal and stay in New York.
Regarding the Gasol deal, the Knicks can only offer him a deal worth about $3.5 million per year, whereas Gasol is seeking about $10-million per year