There has been a lot of noise this offseason in regards to Carmelo Anthony’s upcoming free agency. For the most part the Knicks superstar and NBA scoring champion has been quiet on the subject, that is until yesterday when he spoke about his desire to stay in New York with Bloomberg Television’s “Market Markers”
“I’m not going nowhere,” Anthony said during an interview Tuesday with Bloomberg Television’s “Market Markers.”
“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. 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.”
This definitely comes as good news for Knicks fans who understand that with the right pieces around Anthony, this Knicks team has a chance to end one of the longest championship droughts in New York Sports.
Anthony is on the books for $23.3 million in the 2014-15 season. If he were to opt out, other teams, most notably the Los Angeles Lakers, would likely pursue him, but the Knicks can offer him significantly more money. Under the collective bargaining agreement, the most any other team could offer is four years and approximately $96 million. Anthony could get a maximum five-year contract worth about $129 million from the Knicks, who can start negotiating with him this February.
Once the Knicks and Anthony can come to an agreement on an extension, the Knicks will be in a position to be “buyers” once again, as the team will finally be able to shed many of the expiring contracts that currently have the franchise in financial handcuffs. Most notably, Amar’e Stoudemire will become an expiring contract next year, finally making it at least somewhat realistic that the Knicks can move on from the failed Amar’e/Carmelo experiment and surround Anthony with more complementary players.