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Carmelo Anthony’s agent confirms he has opted out of deal with Knicks

Jun 23, 2014, 12:09 PM EDT

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Again, if this is a surprise to you, welcome out of the cave from your long winter hibernation.

Carmelo Anthony has opted out of the final year of his contract with the New York Knicks, something his agent Leon Rose confirmed in a statement to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report.

“Carmelo loves being a Knick, he loves the City and the fans. At this stage of his career he just wants to explore his options.”

Those options include the chance to contend sooner rather than later.

The Knicks are cap strapped and rebuilding, it’s going to take a few years (at least). If contending for a ring now is Anthony’s priority over money than taking less to play in Chicago makes sense (or maybe Houston or Dallas, although why go to the deeper Western Conference?). Reports are the Heat may try to make a run at Anthony, too, but that would require a lot of salary cap gymnastics and a whole lot more money left on the table by some big stars. The Lakers could make a call, too, but interest there is lukewarm.

People around Carmelo said he was opting out and wanted the full “Dwight Howard treatment” of being recruited. He’s going to get that. Teams will chase him.

He just has to decide what matters most to him. Money? Being the star in New York? Contending immediately? Location? What does his family want? Anthony will get recruited but where he lands ultimately depends on what he wants most.

More and more that seems to be getting out of New York.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Welcome to texas Melo, Matt Bonner is a free agent soo #15 is all yours! !

    • azarkhan - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      In what bizarro world could team-oriented Coach Popovich and me-oriented Carmelo Anthony co-exist?

      • kinggw - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        And what exactly makes Carmelo a me first player?

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:19 PM


        WHAT you ask makes Melo a me first player?

        ALL stats will be per 36 min’s of court time to equalize them… and they will be CAREER stats.

        Lebron scores 25.1 pts per 36 mins and dishes 6.3 assists (so, he scores and passes)

        MJ scored 28.3 pts per 36 mins and dished out 4.9 assists

        Kobe scores 25.0 pts per 36 mins and dishes out 4.7 assists

        Melo scores 24.9 pts per 36 mins and dishes out 3.0 assists

        Melo is a black hole. He does not move or share the ball. Just WATCH him play… or just LOOK at stats that show he does not pass the ball.

        Funny how MANY others can score and even score MORE than Melo while dishing out MORE assists too.

  2. loubearkane - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Anyone know if Carmelo has or plans on opting out?Maybe someone from his inner circle knows.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      Melo has STATED all along that he would opt out…

      He stated he wanted to be “wooed” like Dwight was, to be a free agent.

      This has been known for weeks and weeks that he was going to opt out…

  3. chiadam - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    He’s all about the flash of NY. Yes, he opted out. So what? He’ll fly around and visit teams, eat some nice steaks, then take $130 million from the Knicks and stay in NY. Besides, New York is the best city for his wife to continue trying to be a celebrity.

    • edj88 - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      Yea and La La business partner lives in Chicago so she could go there too

  4. csbanter - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    James Harden, Melo and Dwight Howard. On paper its better than Lebron,Wade and Bosh. Noah, Rose and Melo. On paper its better than Heat Big 3. Lebron, Wade, Bosh and Melo, has disaster written all over it. Remember the Lakers with Shaq,Kobe,Malone,and Gary Payton, of course you do. Detroit did to them what the Spurs did to Miami.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      On paper it’s a disaster.
      Harden/Melo…Who does all the shooting? And where exactly does howard get the touches he’s whined about?
      Harden/Melo…Who plays defense? Does howard want play 3-on-5 D?

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Howard had the 2nd HIGHEST point per shot average in the league this past season.

        He is a player that SHOULD be getting a lot of touches. His field goal percentage is very high.

        Harden had the 3rd HIGHEST point per shot average in the league this past season (though he was tied with some guys named Durant and Lebron).

        And Melo? He didn’t crack the top 40 in average point per shot this past season.

        ANY shots Melo would take AWAY from Harden and Howard would be HURTING the team.

        For that matter, the Rocket team point per average this season was HIGHER as a team than Melo’s average point per shot this past season.

        Yeah, neither Harden nor Melo play D, but Harden is a LOT more efficient on offense.

        The Rockets should NOT get Melo. He’d hurt them on BOTH sides of the court…

  5. eshine76 - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Melo is and always was about the money. That’s why he forced the trade to the Knicks, and that is why he is opting out for another max contract from the Knicks. Even if suddenly decides winning a ring is really important, he leaves as much as $50 million on the table signing elsewhere. No way he walks away from that.

  6. gpatrick15 - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Weren’t people saying the same thing about Dwight Howard “leaving money on the table”? Many insisted there was no way he’d leave nearly $30 million or so on the table by leaving the Lakers. As much as I am not a fan of Dwight, his Lakers exit showed that sometimes it’s not all about money. It’s about winning. It’s about fit. Despite all the talk about how selfish the players are and how there’s no way anyone would take less than what they’re worth, we have quite a few examples of players sacrificing money for the greater good. I can see Melo taking a similar route, this time to Chicago.

  7. mungman69 - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Chicago Carmelo is a neat name.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      Great name…

      But Chicago Losing would be the result if he goes there…

  8. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Has the party at Phil’s house started yet?

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