“I want to be a free agent,” Carmelo Anthony said in a new interview with the New York Observer.
“I think everybody in the NBA dreams to be a free agent at least one time in their career,” Anthony said. “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 has two years left on his contract, but can opt out of the final season.
If he does opt out, the Knicks can offer him more money than any other team (five years and $129 million in New York versus four years and $95 million elsewhere).
Harris DeckerThis is once again banter for me. Carmelo Anthony can say he wants to be a free agent all he wants, but the point of free agency is to make more money.
In baseball, a sport with no true salary cap, this makes sense. However, in basketball, the Knicks will be able to pay him the most amount of money rendering free agency pointless. Unless he sees a clear path to a championship somewhere else, he’ll stick with the Knicks who can cut him a check for $34 million more than any other NBA team.
Ben KopelmanI agree with Harris and calmed a colleague of mine today who saw this news and started freaking out about it. Melo can say what he wants, but bottom line is the Knicks can and will offer him more money and so he will end up re-signing.
I really do not understand what motivates Melo to come out and say this. Granted, I wasn’t in the room when the question was asked, and I am completely aware that questions and answers can be taken out of context in a very unfair way, but why is Anthony saying anything other than the obligatory, “I’ll deal with that next year, right now, I just wanna win a championship”?
Repeating the same answer to the same question over and over is exhausting, I’m sure, but sometimes the boring answer is the right one, and I’m surprised to see Melo take a different approach.