Skip to content

Carmelo Anthony signs with bad team for the money, says he didn’t sign with bad team for the money

Jul 25, 2014, 1:44 PM EST

Carmelo Anthony Carmelo Anthony

The Knicks were bad last year. They were also old.

Bad and old teams tend not to improve the following season.

Carmelo Anthony is no dummy. He knew this when he re-signed with New York.

So why stay?

The money, of course.

Melo received $124,064,681 guaranteed – not quite as much as he could have gotten, but still significantly more than his max elsewhere ($95,897,375)

As obvious as that is, he can’t say it.

Melo, via Jeff Goodman of ESPN:

“I want to win. I don’t care about the money,” Anthony told ESPN.com. “I believe Phil will do what he has to do to take care of that.”

“I don’t think we’re that far away,” he added. “People use ‘rebuilding’ too loosely.”

Maybe Derek Fisher is already a great coach capable of turning around the Knicks. Maybe Phil Jackson will waive championship dust over the franchise. Maybe Andrea Bargnani will play like an All-Star in a contract year.

And if Melo believes in those things, more power to him.

But if he’s wrong, at least he has his money to fall back on. As he should. There’s nothing wrong with his decision.

He just can’t defend it truthfully in public.

Latest Posts
  1. Carmelo Anthony: Derrick Rose recruited me to Bulls

    Nov 28, 2014, 2:10 PM EST

    Derrick Rose Derrick Rose

    Melo said it came down to Bulls and Knicks

  2. NBA denies Kings’ protest

    Nov 28, 2014, 12:39 PM EST

    Ben McLemore Ben McLemore

    Grizzlies’ win upheld

  3. Russell Westbrook returns to court tonight for Thunder vs. Knicks

    Nov 28, 2014, 12:25 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers Getty Images

    To reach the 49 wins it took to make the playoffs in the West last season, the Thunder need to go 45-21 the rest of the way.

  4. Mark Cuban still taking jabs at Derek Fisher

    Nov 28, 2014, 9:30 AM EST

    Derek Fisher Derek Fisher

    Mavericks own bitter about how Fisher left Dallas

  5. Rumor: Lance Stephenson was issue with Roy Hibbert, may be issue in Charlotte

    Nov 28, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Charlotte Hornets Getty Images

    I’d take this rumor with a grain or 12 of salt, but…

  6. Craig Sager nearing TNT return after battle with leukemia

    Nov 27, 2014, 8:00 PM EST

    Nebraska v Baylor Getty Images

    Sager will receive clearance to fly in January.

  7. Kings coach calls DeMarcus Cousins NBA’s best big man

    Nov 27, 2014, 5:00 PM EST

    Michael Malone, DeMarcus Cousins Michael Malone, DeMarcus Cousins

    Michael Malone increases pressure on sometimes-combustible Cousins

  8. Hornets coach Steve Clifford: Lance Stephenson not a star

    Nov 27, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

    Clifford has benched Stephenson for consecutive fourth quarters

  9. Gerald Green goes dunk-for-dunk… with himself (video)

    Nov 27, 2014, 12:30 PM EST

    Gerald Green, Timofey Mozgov, Alonzo Gee Gerald Green, Timofey Mozgov, Alonzo Gee

    Suns guard drives for reverse slam, cuts for monstrous alley-oop

  10. Report: Wizards willing to give Bradley Beal max contract extension if necessary

    Nov 27, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Washington Wizards Cleveland Cavaliers v Washington Wizards

    Beal’s max extension projects to pay more than $118 million over five years

Featured video

Could Sixers be worst team in NBA history?
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. D. Rose (8771)
  2. K. Durant (7129)
  3. D. Wade (7076)
  4. D. Howard (6974)
  5. R. Westbrook (5593)
  1. T. Jones (5569)
  2. B. Jennings (5397)
  3. T. Gibson (5274)
  4. R. Hibbert (5238)
  5. T. Harris (5228)