Posted October 16, 2013

Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony wants to test free agency

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Carmelo Anthony said he wants to test free agency after the 2013-14 season. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony said he wants to test free agency after the 2013-14 season. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony told the New York Observer he wants to opt out of the final year of his contract after the 2013-14 season and test free agency.

He has two years remaining on his current contract but can opt out of the final season and the $23.3 million he’s due if he wants to become a free agent. The strategy could bring the All-Star more money even if he re-signs with the Knicks.

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The Knicks can begin negotiating a new contract with Anthony in February. Knicks president and general manager Steve Mills said last month that his biggest priority is extending Anthony beyond this season.

Anthony told the Observer that becoming an NBA free agent would fulfill a dream:

“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.”

Teams such as the Lakers have been linked to having interest in taking a run at Anthony in free agency.


7 comments
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Mark112
Mark112

Sounds like Anthony will be giving his all to the Knicks this season; what a selfish, self absorbed punk.

sanchez1000
sanchez1000

I'm not saying the knicks will be great with out him....but man there not great with him either.


SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Carmelo is not a winner, chucking up shot after shot at a low 40% clip will not win championships.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

He is a very good player, even great but he is still overrated.  He's a volume scorer who requires and takes a lot of shots to get his points.  And the isn't a good defensive player at all.  When one is making over $20 million a season or about a third of a teams salary cap (2014 cap should be around $62 million or so and he makes over $20 million).  One guy out of 15 making one third of the cap should be a complete player and he is not.  Besides his defensive woes he is not an efficient offensive player.  To wit...

Melo led the league in scoring this past season because he took 22.2 shots per game to average his 28.7 points per game.

Durant averaged 28.1 points per game but he only took 17.9 shots per game.

And what if Melo averaged fewer shots per game?  Well let's just look at 2 seasons ago when Melo averaged 18.6 shots per game (still MORE than Durant did this past season) yet he ONLY averaged 22.6 points per game.

So yeah, Melo fans may say he led the league in scoring but he only did so because he shot so much.

Again, he is a very good, great player actually but he is overrated.  One should expect more two way play, more efficient play for $22 or $23 million per year...

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

@Sportsfan18 

Some people seem to only care about scoring totals, I don't get it either.