Originally written on Universal Takeover Sports Network  |  Last updated 10/17/13
Follow me on twitter: @a_santiago1517 – Carmelo Anthony has the spotlight on him yet again. This time it’s for a reason other than his play. The Knicks’ forward said in recent interview that he plans on opting out of his final season with the team. It’s interesting to hear this from Carmelo before the beginning of the season. Here’s what the Knicks forward had to say in his recent interview: I want to be a free agent. I think everybody in the NBA dreams to be a free agent at least one time in their career. It’s like you have an evaluation period, you know. It’s like if I’m in the gym and I have all the coaches, all the owners, all the GMs come into the gym and just evaluate everything I do. So yes, I want that experience. Carmelo wants to explore all of his options in the free agency market this upcoming offseason, but should he opt out, he could re-sign with the Knicks for a deal that has been rumored around of four/five years/$129 million. Carmelo hasn’t ruled out a return to the Knicks, but there will be many teams interested in his services. Teams such as the Lakers and Cavaliers are looking forward to do everything in their willpower to reel in the reigning scoring champion. However, I don’t think that the money is the full story here. I sense that Carmelo may be worried about the team’s direction going forward giving him a reason of concern and plan to opt out after this season. While the window remains open for Carmelo in NY, Carmelo loves the money, but loves winning as well. Many teams made significant moves this offseason to become serious contenders this season, meanwhile the Knicks were pretty quiet on the free agency front. Despite the acquisitions of Bargniani and Metta World Peace, the Knicks didn’t make much of a splash compared to teams like the Rockets, Clippers, Cavaliers, Pistons, and cross-town rival Nets. The Knicks have a good, solid team all around, but perhaps the improvement of other teams around Carmelo have perhaps made him lose his confidence in the team’s direction. Carmelo is still longing for his first NBA Championship and as he is arguably in his prime, there is no doubt that he would like to go on a team that gives him the best shot of winning a title. Carmelo will be able to sort through all his options, but then again it all comes down to LeBron’s decision as well. LeBron, like Carmelo has the option to opt out of his contract at the end of this season with Miami. While LeBron hasn’t declared whether or not he will opt out, if LeBron weighs his options as well, then Carmelo’s negotiation rights may be hindered a bit. Knicks fans were devastated by his statement, and know they will have to prepare now to continue to be a good team whether it’s with Carmelo or not. There is no question that Carmelo gives this team the best chance to win. However, should Carmelo opt out and go elsewhere, there will be numerous players that will be interested in taking their services to the Big Apple. For the time being, Knicks fans just hope that Carmelo stays on the team, and win the NBA Title they have longed for all these years. – Thanks for reading! The post Is it just about the money for Carmelo Anthony? appeared first on UTSN - The Universal Takeover Sports Network.
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