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Report: Carmelo Anthony already opted out

Jun 23, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

If you were waiting until today for Carmelo Anthony to officially terminate the final year of his contract, stop holding your breath.

He already did.

Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal:

Melo still won’t become a free agent until July 1, though teams can certainly reach him through certain channels earlier. His June 23 deadline – contractually agreed upon as an alternative to the standard June 30 – serves only to give the Knicks more notice.

But if they didn’t already know Melo’s plan, they haven’t been listening.

  1. rrhoe - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    While I am not a fan of Melo and I really don’t care where he goes but are we really going to have a yearly ritual with NBA players making free agency such the drama-fest that it’s become.

    • hwatt - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      what else are we gonna do after the finals?

    • blameitonlebron - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      to be honest, free agency is also exciting. Not knowing how some teams may shape out to be, who is signing where, who will be the next power house. As much as we hate to wait for the decision, we all are eagerly anticipating for this player to go here and that player to go there.

    • csbanter - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      The NBA would get lost in the shuffle if high profile players didn’t create a stir with their impending free agency status. I agree its a bit much hearing about Melo stories everyday, but that is what make the off season relevant.

  2. montrealknowledge - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    At least Melo stated that it was going to be a drama fest by wanting the DHoward treatment.. He gave us a heads up.

    • rrhoe - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      True that……

  3. mungman69 - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Melo, come to Chicago .

  4. gpatrick15 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Melo’s case (and Dwight Howard’s too) should definitely serve as a warning or test case to all superstars who attempt to force the teams hand and force trades to preferred destinations. Melo forced his was to New York, and they gutted their team to get him. Now that they didn’t succeed enough (due to a number of mistakes made before and after he got there), he’s going to leave the team for greener pastures. His talent isn’t the reason the team sucks, but the high price the Knicks paid for the trade hamstrung the team from the start. If he’d have finished the season in Denver and signed with the Knicks in free agency, he possibly wouldn’t be opting out.

    • bkbell3 - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      gpatrick15, Everyone keeps saying that but first of all melo was joining a then healthy stat. Next felton was traded to portland for andre miller who is now in washington and felton is back with the knicks. Galinari was the big piece but was always hurt with the knicks and has missed about 2 years with denver and prob. won’t ever be healthy. Wilson chandler who i like went to china and has been hurt of and on with denver and is now on the trading block. Mozgof hasn’t gotten off the bench till this year because their centers were hurt and they traded kostos kucos? And this years draft pick is an unknown and at the time with melo and a healthy statt that pick would of been a late late first round pick. All this for a 10 player in the league to at the time pair with a healthy statt. So what did they really give up?smh

    • chaser44 - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      It is partly Carmelo’s fault that they did not succeed. He forced his way there via trade which gutted their roster of talent and depth. The other way that he had a hand in holding the team back was the same way he had a hand in them not succeeding in Denver. He plays no defense, takes horrible shots and is a lackluster leader as far as “superstars” go.

      • bkbell3 - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        Chaser44, first melo didn’t force the knicks to do anything.Again what is the depth you people are talking about Galinari missed all of last year and most of the year before read my above comment. Your looking at with 20-20 hind site. Statt was healthy and killing it at the time of the trade and mozgof wasn’t getting off either teams bench and wilson chandler has been hurt a lot. And again if statt stays healthy they are a playoff team and the first round pick is a late one. And i’m not sure the knicks would of had the cap room for melo to walk to the knicks and get Tyson also or either. Hind side is indeed 20-20. And gpatrick15 first you site that Denver improved then state regardless of what befell the other parties in the trade. Without knowing that statt got hurt it was a good trade and a first late first round pick on a good team is much less valuable. Plus as Dallas found out cap space doesn’t guarantee you can get a superstar to sign with you as the knicks might also find out next year esp. if melo is gone. Do you think melo would of considered the knicks if statt wasn’t there and killing it? Hindsight.smh

  5. gpatrick15 - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    So you can honestly say that the Knicks are better by trading away all of their depth (minus Stoudemire) and adding Anthony as opposed to adding him via free agency, with a significant portion of that team in tact? The Nuggets got better after the trade (in the short term at least) while the Knicks remained an average team. Melo obviously cannot do it all, and their lack of depth showed almost immediately. Regardless of what befell the other parties in the trade, the fact is that the lack of depth that was traded away years ago has made a huge impact in keeping the star player you so coveted.

  6. adoombray - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:47 PM


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