Carmelo Anthony said he is not interested in leaving the Knicks when he can become a free agent after this upcoming season.
“I’m not going nowhere,” Anthony said on Tuesday with Bloomberg Television.
Anthony, 29, is set to make $23.3 million next season, but can opt out and seek a free agent contract elsewhere. The Knicks could offer a five-year deal, worth $129 million, according to Newsday.
“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,” Anthony said. “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.”
SNY’s Moke Hamilton notes that the Knicks can offer $30 million more to Anthony than any other team.
Harris DeckerThis is truly intriguing and makes me seriously wonder if he meant to tip his hand. This was inevitable though. Carmelo Anthony wasn’t going anywhere, but to come out and say it outright seems to go against every single fiber in an agents body. On the basketball end of things, this is great news. 2013-14 can now be about building a winning team and not about whether or not Anthony will remain in New York after the season.