Adam ZagoriaCarmelo Anthony now says he wants to finish his career as a Knick.
“I want to retire in New York,” he said on TNT during the Knicks-Bulls game. “I mean, let’s just be quite frank.”
Anthony has recently taken heat from TNT’s Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith for saying he wanted to become a free agent following this season, and Anthony said he wanted to set the record straight.
“I think a lot of people jumped the gun when I said I wanted to be a free agent,” he said. “And yeah, I want people to come play in New York. I want them to want to play in New York. I want New York to be that place where guys want to come play in New York.”
Anthony was recently quoted in the New York Observer as saying: ”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.”
Anthony has two years remaining on his Knicks deal but can opt out of the final season, which is worth $23.3 million.
Of course, he stands to make more money if he re-signs with the Knicks.
He could sign a a five-year deal with New York worth $129,135,806, whereas if he signs with another team, the most he can make is $95,897,372 over four years, according to calculations by ESPN salary-cap expert Larry Coon.
Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.