The addition of Andrea Bargnani and Metta World Peace has New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony excited about the upcoming season, but not enough that he can commit to the team long-term.
Anthony, 29, can opt out of his contract following the 2013-14 season. He has been rumored to be a target of the Los Angeles Lakers, where the franchise will look to rebuild and reemerge after the loss of Dwight Howard.
When asked whether the Knicks’ offseason transactions have affected his decision to stay with the Knicks beyond next season, Anthony said he could not comment.
“I can’t do that,” Anthony told ESPN.com following a Jordan Brand trip. “It’s too tough right now.”
“It’s a big year,” he added. “A huge upcoming season for me, as a team and as an organization.”
The Knicks went 54-28 last season, advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals where they lost to the Indianapolis Pacers.
But while the Knicks seem like they’re on the right path to make the Finals next year, the rest of the conference has also made major offseason moves.
The Brooklyn Nets added Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry in a trade with the Boston Celtics and suddenly appear to be poised to be more serious contenders. The Chicago Bulls will have a healthy Derrick Rose, automatically making them a more dangerous threat. And of course, the Miami Heat still has LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, and are the reigning back-to-back champs.
The Knicks didn’t just sit around either, though. The team traded Marcus Camby, Steve Novak and a pair of draft picks for Andrea Bargani, signed Metta World Peace to bolster the defense and re-signed J.R. Smith, who averaged a career-high 18.1 ppg last year.
“I think (Andrea) Bargnani was really a steal for us,” Anthony said. “He’ll help us spread the floor. We got J.R. (Smith) back and kept the core guys together.
“We’ll see whether we have enough … We haven’t even stepped on the court yet.”
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