Tuesday's Knicks Links: Derrick Rose trade 'reinvigorated' Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony ‘reinvigorated’ in Knicks after trade for Derrick Rose: Carmelo Anthony had basically pleaded through the media for Phil Jackson to make a move that is more in line with his career timeline, making it known, not so subtly, that he needs more help winning immediately. With the acquisition of Derrick Rose, Anthony is now more satisfied with the direction. -- New York Daily News

While Carmelo Anthony recruits Kevin Durant, Phil Jackson can focus on other areas: Since Phil Jackson is apparently fine with Carmelo Anthony serving as the de facto Knicks president during the recruitment of Kevin Durant, how come Phil wouldn’t let Carmelo handle the head coaching search? Think about it; had Phil delegated that task, Carmelo would have secured Tom Thibodeau’s signature by April 30, tops. -- New York Daily News

Carmelo Anthony consulted doctors about Zika virus before deciding to play in Olympics: Carmelo Anthony's decision to go after a record fourth Olympic gold medal didn’t come down to his surgically-repaired knee or a desire for more rest ahead of the season. Unlike the star players who turned down the chance to go to Rio, Anthony acknowledged the Zika virus was a major factor as he weighed his options. Ultimately, Anthony chose to join the Olympic squad while leaving his family behind amid safety concerns. -- New York Daily News

Jimmy Butler sounds glum about ‘hell of a player’ Derrick Rose: Bulls All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler seemed a somber man in Harlem on Monday during the unveiling of the U.S. Olympic Team. Maybe it’s because his Bulls are breaking up — losing point guard Derrick Rose to the Knicks in a blockbuster trade and free-agent starting center Joakim Noah could soon follow. -- New York Post

Thrilled Carmelo Anthony on new-look Knicks: ‘Time is now’: After yet another Knicks season ended too early, Carmelo Anthony talked about wanting to contend sooner rather than later and challenged his team to make a big move. On Monday, he said last week’s trade for Derrick Rose was just that. Knicks president Phil Jackson said the acquisition of the 2011 NBA MVP will reinvigorate Anthony. -- New York Post

Kevin Durant heaps on Knicks praise without sit-down pledge: Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant has reportedly set up free-agency meetings with six teams — with no sign of the Knicks anywhere. The top free agent on the market is reportedly considering setting up a sit-down with the Knicks, and was predictably coy about his plans Monday. But he did call newly acquired point guard Derrick Rose a great player and Knicks star Carmelo Anthony a big brother, selling points that have to give Phil Jackson some hope. -- New York Post

Carmelo Anthony quietly works on recruiting friend Kevin Durant: USA Basketball introduced its men’s Olympic team Monday, seating 12 NBA players in two rows on a makeshift stage inside a hot Harlem gym. And there among the Rio-bound back row were Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant, who to fans of the Knicks sure would look great posing together in their team picture. -- Newsday

Knicks release Orlando summer league roster: The Knicks released their 14-player roster on Monday afternoon for the upcoming Orlando summer league, which starts later this week. Cleanthony Early, who was selected by the Knicks in the second round of the 2014 NBA draft, highlights the roster. Early was shot in the knee in late December and did not return to the Knicks until late March. He appeared in just 17 games last season, averaging 1.8 points per game. -- Newsday

Carmelo trying to lure Durant to Knicks: Two years ago Carmelo Anthony toured though a circuit of NBA cities as a free agent, enjoying the full-court press of recruiting, including an effort by Derrick Rose to lure him to Chicago. Now united in New York, Anthony and Rose are hoping to lure more talent to the Knicks, beginning with the long-shot effort to land Kevin Durant. -- The Record