Carmelo Anthony says he is staying in New York
I think Carmelo Anthony means that he isn’t going “anywhere” but who cares if you are a New York Knicks fan right? Let the grammatical cops fight over that, New York City needs Carmelo to stay in New York if they want to remain relevant for the next few years. Melo said during an interview that he is staying in New York.
New York can’t begin to negotiate with Anthony until February. And the Knicks can offer Anthony significantly more money than any other team. The Los Angeles Lakers being a prime example of a team that is said to be interested in Anthony, could only offer him a four year deal worth about $96 million. Whereas the Knicks can offer Anthony a maximum five-year contract worth about $129 million.
Carmelo Anthony can become a free agent after the upcoming season, but he gave the strongest indication yet that his plan is to re-sign with the Knicks.
“I’m not going nowhere,” Anthony said during an interview Tuesday with Bloomberg Television’s “Market Markers.”
Anthony is due to make $23.3 million in the 2014-15 season. If he were to opt out, the Lakers likely would pursue him, but the Knicks can offer him significantly more. Under the collective bargaining agreement, the most the Lakers could offer is four years and roughly $96 million. Anthony could get a maximum five-year contract worth about $129 million from the Knicks, who can start negotiating with him in February.
Anthony, who turned 29 this past May, is in the middle of his prime and isn’t about to leave the challenge and pressure of New York after he pushed for a trade in February of 2011.
“That is one of the reasons why I wanted to come here to New York, just so I could take on those pressures and those challenges,” Anthony said. “A lot of people do not like to deal with the pressure. A lot of people do not know how to deal with the challenges they face. To me, it is everyday life.”
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