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Walt Frazier thinks Carmelo Anthony is going to stay in New York

Feb 28, 2014, 10:39 PM EDT

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It is way more fun to speculate about where Carmelo Anthony is going to land than to say he stays put. It’s far more fun to ride the “what did Anthony say today?” roller coaster.

However, the conventional wisdom is he stays a New York Knick.

Yes, he stands a better chance of winning a ring if he were to jump ship to whatever your fantasy destination is — Chicago, Miami, etc. However, if he wants to win that way next season he likely has to leave better than $7 million a year — north of $30 million guaranteed over the course of the deal — on the table. The Knicks can offer the max of nearly $22 million and no other contender is expected to be in that ballpark (most are in the $14 million range).

If you just said to yourself “he’s already made $135 million in salary alone he’d leave it” I would suggest you’ve never had to leave $30 million on the table before. It’s not that simple. Especially since this is likely his last max deal.

Knicks legend and broadcast color commentator Walt “Clyde” Frazier thinks Anthony stays put. That’s what he told The Big Lead (in an interview primarily focused on his fashion choices):

“I think he’s coming back. Where’s he going to go? People said Chicago. I don’t think that’s a good fit for him. They’re more of a team. They don’t want one guy dominating the scoring. I don’t think that’s a good fit for Melo. LA? You never know if he has aspirations for Hollywood. You never know with different players. Those would be the only two teams I’d think he’d consider. I think he’ll stay in New York.

“After 2015 (the Knicks) have a lot of money. Amar’e (Stoudemire) is off. (Andrea) Bargnani, I think, is off. (Anthony’s) a good businessman. People tell me that. The other thing is money. He’ll leave a lot of money on the table leaving New York. People say he has a lot of money but so does Bill Gates. Everybody still wants to make money. You can’t make enough money. To walk away from $20-30 million to leave New York to go someplace else? When he considers everything he’s going to stay with the Knicks.”

I think Frazier is right. You never know how things will ultimately shake out, but in the end I bet Anthony chooses the market he pushed hard to get to, I bet he chooses going down a Knicks legend rather than chasing a ring.

Plus, I bet he chooses the millions of dollars.

  1. thevikesarebest - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Hahahaha it’s funny watching them lose.

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      Kinda like watching the Vikings.

  2. shadowgamesshades - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Why would Melo stay on this POS team? They aren’t gonna make the playoffs. He won’t win a ring in NY because of their inept management. He should go to the Bulls. He doesn’t have to waste his career playing for James Dolan.

    • football58 - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:09 AM

      Who really cares where Melo goes. He is NOT a championship type of player. He begged his way out of Denver because he couldn’t get it done there, now he can’t get it done in New York. The only way he ever wins a championship is if he is going along for the ride with Lebron.

      • stugotz99 - Mar 1, 2014 at 7:37 AM

        You nailed it.

  3. ajonesmc931 - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    LOL KNICKS. The most terrible team to be guaranteed on prime time twice a week. (And watch their demise)

  4. phillyfan11 - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    If he wants to win a ring, he should get the hell out of New York. That is an organization with no hope in the near future.

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Sorta like all of Phillie’s teams!

  5. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 1, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    I think the “Just for Men” has seeped into his brain.

  6. ufools - Mar 1, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    He’s got no pressure to win there…..cuz that is one lousy team.

  7. divan22 - Mar 1, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    “Where’s he going to go? People said Chicago. I don’t think that’s a good fit for him. They’re more of a team. They don’t want one guy dominating the scoring.”

    Yep. They don’t want him, he probably doesn’t want them. Inefficient player on both ends of the floor.

    7-26 FG tonight vs the Warriors. With 2 assists. Stay in New York and rot. No team that’s serious about winning will sign this guy.

  8. phillysports1 - Mar 1, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Wait , I thought we were the only team riggin for wiggins ? Lmao

  9. knoxxlive - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:42 AM

    shadowgamesshades
    Clearly you didn’t read this article

    • shadowgamesshades - Mar 2, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Must be a butthurt Knicks fan.

  10. knoxxlive - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    phillyfan11
    Clearly you didn’t read it either

  11. getlow81 - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:51 AM

    Yes, because anyone cares what the “Ageless Male” and Knicks homer has to say about Carmelo Anthony’s intentions…as a NBA fan in general, i hope he stays in NY. He deserves them and they deserve him, and Just for Men.

  12. stayhigh_247 - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:52 AM

    “They’re more of a team” wow! To hear a hall of famed say something like that is insane! Last I checked, teams win rings not individuals.

  13. davidly - Mar 1, 2014 at 3:43 AM

    Dude’s a family man. At a minimum, he’s staying in the Burroughs, but maybe moving a smidgeon closer to home. Hint, hint.

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Spanish Harlem.

  14. fnc111 - Mar 1, 2014 at 4:53 AM

    After taxes and the cost of living in NYC he can actually save more money by getting a huge deal from the Phoenix Suns. The money doesn’t go as far in NY even if he gets paid more to stay. Flawed logic by Walt and the writer for why he should stay.

    • convincedofthehex - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Exactly! NYC has not only huge state taxes, but big city taxes too combined with a much higher cost of living. The extra $30 million after these factors are taken into account is much much lower……and then remember that fifth year he’s giving up is a new contract somewhere else (assuming no injuries or big drop off in production). I’m so tired of morons who don’t understand economics.

      • Kurt Helin - Mar 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        Taxes do matter some but not as much to players as many think. More importantly, at ‘Melo’s age this is likely his last max deal so the fifth year will matter.

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      Phoenix isn’t a sphincter like New Yawk.

  15. 950003cups - Mar 1, 2014 at 5:29 AM

    Knicks are no different than the NY Jets. They’re a joke. They suck. Their last championship wins were more than 40 years ago.

  16. stugotz99 - Mar 1, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Will he go or will he stay? Who cares? Either way, the Knicks will still suck. Nice, however, that he’s found a way to get rich regardless of whether he ever wins anything. Mediocrity CAN make you wealthy.

  17. 55bucky - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Clyde could very well give him motivation to leave. Those dumb comments he made is really a challenge to carmello to leave rather than stay.

    1. They’re more of a team.

    2. They don’t want one individual dominating the ball.

    3. Then theres the money..

    So he’s saying that camello cares nothing about winning. That he’s an individual who’s incapable of playing on a real team. And he loves money too much to leave 30 millionon the table even for a championship

  18. jimeejohnson - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Love this NY SUCKS blog! Thanks.

  19. jzone954 - Mar 1, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Canton bounds team…

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