It's hard out here for a Knick. NBA baller Carmelo Anthony may have put fans' minds at ease when he said he would stay on New York turf on Bloomberg TV but in a recent interview with The New York Observer, the small forward may be setting his sights elsewhere.
"I want to be a free agent," he said. "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."
Knick stans don't. After going through the rough and tumble that was last season due to numerous team injuries and head coach switch-up from Mike D'Antoni to Mike Woodson, team blue-and-orange couldn't get a grip on the Larry O'Brien piece.
However, Melo's statement is no cause for alarm (yet). While his West Coast bro Kobe Bryant is rumored to be courting him to go to the Los Angeles Lakers, there's more money to be made by staying put with the Knicks.
As Bleacher Report says it: "If 'Melo chooses to play out his current contract and become a free agent in 2015, he'll be able to re-sign with the Knicks for five years and roughly $140 million. If he chose to sign elsewhere, the max he could get is a four-year deal worth around $104 million, per Larry Coon and ESPN."
Oh, what awaits in summer 2014.
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