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Carmelo Anthony says he wants to retire in New York, so he’s probably not leaving this summer (VIDEO)

Nov 1, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

Carmelo Anthony is under contract with the Knicks for next season at over $23 million, but he has an early termination option in his deal that would allow him to become an unrestricted free agent this summer if he so chooses.

That leaves the door open for plenty of speculation (and consternation) from local and national media alike, but for a variety of reasons, it’s extremely unlikely that Anthony would choose to leave New York — either during this summer, or in the one that follows.

He’s been quoted as saying a lot of different things when asked about his upcoming decision, including that he’d like to experience free agency and that he’d be willing to recruit other stars to play alongside him with the Knicks.

Anthony’s most recent remarks, which came from an interview he did with TNT that aired on Thursday during a game between the Knicks and the Bulls, seemed to make it clear that he has no intention of ever playing anywhere else.

“They pulled all the strings to get me here, and I wanted to be here,” Anthony said. “I want to retire in New York. Let’s just be quite frank. I think a lot of people jumped the gun when I said I wanted to be a free agent. And yeah, I want people to come play in New York. I want them to want to play in New York. I want New York to be that place where guys want to come and play in New York.”

Go ahead and bookmark this page for easy reference the next time there’s even a whisper that Anthony might choose to leave the Knicks next summer in free agency.

[via Bleacher Report]

  1. 950003cups - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    After missing that shot last night he and the fans all changed their tune. From “I wanna opt out” to “please opt out”

  2. therealhtj - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    The Knick rebuild is still two years away when Amare and Bargnani come off the books. Melo will likely be coming down from his peak by then. A max deal on top of his already inflated, old-CBA deal, will be another cap killer. He can retire in New York, certainly no shame in that, but he’ll retire ringless.

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Don’t get the thumbs down. Melo came into the league with LeBron and Melo has earned more than LeBron so far. Yes, LeBron took less to get championships and it worked.

      Will Melo do the same? If they give him the max, he’ll get like $129 million for 5 yrs.

      Now, Melo is good, don’t get me wrong. But he is overrated. He’s making $23.5 million and he is a volume scorer who doesn’t shoot well overall. He scores a lot because he shoots a lot. He led the league in scoring last yr because he took 22.22 shots to get his 28.7 pts a game. Durant was 2nd in scoring at 28.1 pts a game on 17.7 shots a game. Two seasons ago, Melo took 18.6 shots a game (still more than Durant’s amount last yr) yet he only scored 22.6 pts a game. Durant scored over 28 a game on less than 18 shots a game last yr.

      So, Melo is inefficient when it comes to scoring as he only scores a lot because he shoots a lot.

      He’s also not known for being a great defender, at all.

      So, for over $23 million, a max player, a team should expect more of a two way player. They should expect that player to play D and be efficient on offense.

      Now, if Melo takes the max again, there isn’t going to be much room them to get another star.

      Will he take less like LeBron did?

      • bougin89 - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        The Knicks can live with Anthony’s volume scoring in the regular season. It’s his atrocious playoff efficiency that has done them in the last 3 seasons.

      • bougin89 - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        Also, If Carmelo takes less like Lebron did it will save them a little over $1 million a year in the beginning and increase each year. It’s not enough for them to win a title.

        Now, if he can conspire with Lebron and another elite level player to all agree to play for the Knicks that could get them a title.

  3. nygrwy - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    I dont want him at 30 million in any year of that contract.

  4. marcusfitzhugh - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    However much the Knicks pay Melo, I say “good”. Based on New York’s previous generation of big money signings, Melo deserves every dime. For those with short memories, the Knicks paid Marbury about $76M for 4 years of play, Eddie “BIG SNACKS” Curry was paid $56M over 6 years, and Jerome James got $30M for 5 years. What would have happened if the words “Opt Out” had been uttered by any of those guys? When their contracts were up, does anyone think the Knicks EVER considered resigning those guys? No huh?

    The current Knicks are the best we’ve seen in quite a while. Melo plays a HUGE part in making that possible, so show him the money. Those that don’t like it can cheer for some other team.

  5. iowahbr - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    After last night’s final shot against the Bulls the Knicks should be hoping for free agency

    • homieshome - Nov 2, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Pitiful to still see them do that when finishing a game on the line, they still havent learned,. They need to run actual PLAYS. That was not a play, it was iso melo trying to create his own shot which results in chucking up junk. I would rather see Hardaway get that last shot, open jumper and its in but not Melo.;

  6. bigsdawg - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:15 AM

    Sooo he’s goin to sign with the Nets this summer….

  7. homieshome - Nov 2, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    I swear to God the NBA wants the Knicks to fail. Meanwhile they want to help teams like the Bulls and Heat. i used to hear people say this all the time and thought they were just complaining but they werent, it’s seriously true.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      You think the NBA wants the team in it’s largest market to fail? Really? During the Isiah year’s Stern lamented the bad Knicks and how that hurt the NBA.

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