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Carmelo Anthony on his free agent decision: ‘It was pretty much always Chicago or New York’

Jul 25, 2014, 10:46 PM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony went on a free agent tour of several teams, before ultimately re-signing with the Knicks as was widely expected all along.

The reason, of course, was money — even though Anthony has been disingenuous publicly in claiming otherwise.

During his process, Anthony spent time with the Rockets, Mavericks, Bulls and Lakers, and while reports had him strongly considering all of those teams as a potential destination, now that the process is finished, he says it really was only a two-team race.

From Jeff Goodman of

“It was overwhelming,” Anthony said. “It was stressful in the final days, one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make.”

Anthony said, though, it ultimately came down to New York and Chicago.

“I was flip-flopping,” he admitted. “It was hard. It was Chicago, but then after I met with L.A., it was L.A. But it came back to Chicago — and was pretty much always Chicago or New York. That’s a situation where I could have walked in now to an opportunity to compete for the next however many years.”

At one point it was reported that the Lakers became serious contenders to secure Anthony’s services, but we see now that it was never really that serious of an option.

The Bulls were the only other team outside of New York that ever made any sense, due to the fact that Anthony could have contended for a title immediately in Chicago. But because it would have cost him tens of millions of dollars to do so, the Knicks were always the most logical choice.

  1. jorgegnz787 - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    The bulls, mavs, or rockets would have been solid choices but $$$$ or rings.

    I’d choose the money too.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:17 AM

      He would’ve ended up with the same amount of rings on the Bulls, Mavs, Rockets or Knicks.

      • money2long - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:26 AM

        Actually minus the Knicks those other teams have a second player to carry the load.
        You know lebron never won without someone to help him carry the load. We all saw what happened to lebron when the heat got to hot in the kitchen in Cleveland. He whimpered and ran off and colluded with wade, a far more killer than lebron. Now the only reason lebron is back in Cleveland is because he knows another star who can carry the load is there. And bill Simmons already touched on the conspiracy theory involving love and Cleveland. Lebron knows love to the cavs is a done deal. No way lebron goes to Cleveland if another star like kyrie isn’t there anyway. Save the sappy “I’m going home” story for later. I mean never. He saw wade deteriorating. He knew he couldn’t count on wade to hide his non clutch choking non killer self. So he’s looking for it in the clutch kyrie. So u can say all you want about those other teams. Melo would win a ring if he was surrounded with wade and bosh too.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:32 AM

        Are you monologuing again?

        You must be inebriated. You know you said that Melo would win a ring on the Heat if you replaced LeBron with Anthony… you typed that.

        In any case, he would’ve ended up with the same amount of rings on the Bulls, Mavs, Rockets or Knicks. Zero.

      • zerole00 - Jul 26, 2014 at 8:09 PM

        The money’s guaranteed, the ring(s) aren’t. Would Rockets or Bulls have been competitive with Carmelo?

        Heck yeah, but the Spurs and Cavaliers are already competitive. There’s also OKC too.

  2. rrhoe - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    These comments for me confirm what I always thought of Melo,with the “Dwight Howard treatment” and his FA tour to visit teams he had no intention of playing for he is a “sucker MC”,just like Dwight Howard. I never thought he would leave NY in the first place……..

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 26, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Word to your mother.

      • duhwighthoward - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:29 PM


  3. bux1022 - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Why would you leave the team you’ve been with? Sucker mc?? Takes one to know one?

  4. money2long - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Melo can carry a team. He played exceptionally well last year. He was efficient. His game has evolved. Frankly, lebron would have had trouble with the Knicks last season if he was in melo’s position. Lebron was in Cleveland but he didn’t deal with all the turmoil Melos teammates brought him last season, from chandler injuries to jr smith antics to shumpert barely showing up to Raymond playing bad and guns and shoe laces and injuries again across the board to meta leaving to more injuries.

    It was just a tumoltus season for melo’s teammates. MELO has the ability to carry a team far in his prime. He needs the right pieces around him and he will be unstoppable.

    • 4thquartermagic - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:33 AM

      You’re obviously a homer. Melos had 11 years to prove he could carry a team. He can’t.

      He had the best statistical year of his career last year. Coincidentally it was also a contact year.

      In order to carry a team you need to play both sides of the court.

      Melo is a good sidekick. He’s a Dwight Howard or a Chris bosh.

      • money2long - Jul 26, 2014 at 3:07 AM

        11 years ? Um. Excuse me but pay a little bit more attention and focus on the crux of my message which is the point Melo being in his prime. Um. I don’t think he was in his prime 11 years ago so everything u said after that I ignored and stopped reading.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:26 AM

      At least Melo had a DPOY winner like Chandler or a SMOY winner like JR Smith. LeBron didn’t have that in Cleveland. So, yeah, James had to deal with a lot of the same things. But Melo (like anybody else) just can’t cover all of the bases that LeBron can… so he ends up with different results. That’s not a knock on Melo. Like I said, it applies to everybody.

      • money2long - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:32 AM

        For you to say lebron dealt with the same things MELO went through last season is pretty appalling.
        And let’s not act like they won those awards in the same season.

        If you people pay attention, my message was for MELO in his prime! Not the year chandler won dpoy. Plz focus.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:36 AM

        Chandler won DPOY when Melo was in his prime. Melo had far more help in New York than LeBron ever had in Cleveland. LeBron would’ve at least made it to the Finals in New York with Chandler, Stat, Fatton and JR Smith etc.

      • money2long - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:38 AM

        Lol. Melo’s best season was last year. And he’s only getting better from HERE on out. Save yourself the shame. You’re reaching.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:41 AM

        Melo is 30. He’s been in his prime for a few years now. He could improve, sure – but his best is only as good as LeBron’s worst.

      • money2long - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        someone’s age doesn’t determine their prime. oh my goodness your stupid. some would say shaq was in his prime in orlando.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:43 PM

        Generally it does. Most people would say that a players prime in the NBA is between ages 28 to 32. That is the most widely accepted range. That is also the range Mike Fratello and Jeff Van Gundy cited. Most people do.

        Some players can extend it beyond 32, some players start before 28 – but, in general, that’s the age where you expect to see a player’s mental ability (learning from experience, bball IQ, etc.) start to match his physical ability. And age 30 is where players expect to reach full “man strength” as LeBron once said.

      • money2long - Jul 26, 2014 at 5:22 AM

        Hahaha lebron’s worst is a choke artist. Who gets cramps. And is a front runner.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 26, 2014 at 5:27 AM

        Choking, Cramping, Terrible Bron: 26.0 PER
        Absolute Best Melo: 25.0 PER

      • money2long - Jul 26, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        Lol. Stop trying to cover all your bases. You’re showing deep down with your response even you believe melo will have his best season this year. Lol. Stop trying to group it all in a five year span. The fact of the matter is Melos game was at its best last year and from THERE on out he will show u how much better he can be.

        It wasnt the time u speak of. U kno, a few yrs ago.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:08 PM

        Melo’s prime started a few years ago. Just like LeBron’s prime. That isn’t the same thing as saying Melo had his best season a few years ago.

        You’re having difficulty understanding the concept of a player’s prime, it seems.

        Melo had his best season last year because he’s currently in his prime – which he entered, I would say, sometime in 2012. It makes complete sense.

        He may or may not have a better season next year. Last year might be the best season of his career. Hard to say. We’ll see. But if he has a slightly down year this year that doesn’t also mean he’s out of his prime. A player’s performance level will fluctuate within his prime just like it would anywhere else – it’s just supposed to fluctuate at a higher level. Do you understand that?

      • money2long - Jul 27, 2014 at 1:54 AM

        Do you understand you’re dumb

      • antistratfordian - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:00 AM

        So you don’t understand that. Well, that’s fine. You’ll learn eventually. Thankfully I’m here to educate you.

  5. cantonb0und13 - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    I thought his heart never wavered?

    • money2long - Jul 26, 2014 at 3:09 AM

      Yes, a heart is different from the brain. You would realize that if one of those wasn’t missing from your body.

  6. money2long - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:41 AM

    Seriously. Does anyone truly believe lebron left Miami simply cuz he wanted to “go home” ?
    Hahah. It’s 95% basketball reasons that he left. Lebron is seeking better help. Melo is trusting Phil can find him the help.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:52 AM

      If he just wanted better help he could’ve went to any number of places that actually had better help. There are no Wades and Rileys in Cleveland. Just a bunch of inexperienced kids. Even Love is green – he hasn’t seen a second of playoff time. LeBron is the only dude in Ohio who knows how to win an NBA title. He has to find a way to guide a whole crew of inexperienced players and coaches to the promised land. It would’ve been easier just to stay in Miami.

      • money2long - Jul 26, 2014 at 5:25 AM

        Maybe lebron’s balls prevented u from seeing the part where I mentioned Phil. You would like melo to he like lebron and collude to play with stars. News flash. Lebron and wade didn’t want bosh. They want led melo. Except Melo is stronger mentality than lebron so he doesn’t submit to that sort of team building. Lebron will only win rings by leaving teams and finding great players instead of them coming to him. I’m not talking about role players.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 26, 2014 at 5:31 AM

        Well I hope Melo is happy with that stronger mentality because that’s all he’s going to have to show for his career when he retires. But at least he can go join the Malone-Miller-Ewing Stronger Mentality Club.

      • money2long - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM

        This a the same certainty you showed about the heat winning the ring this past season. We know how that ended. Just because you make yourself sound so sure about someone doesn’t make it gospel.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        Well the fact of the matter is that “better help” doesn’t exist in Cleveland. If it did they wouldn’t have had the worst record in the league over the last 4 seasons. You make it sound like he went to Pop and the Spurs. Nope. Rookie head coach, young players – and nobody there has any playoff experience, even with Love.

  7. jimeejohnson - Jul 26, 2014 at 5:40 AM

    Knicks and their fans have always been about losing, unless you go back over forty years! The fecal capital of the Universe combined with the most arrogant punk losers on the planet: New Yawk sucks!

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