May 18, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) stands on the free throw line against the Indiana Pacers in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers won 106-99. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Carmelo Anthony won't commit to Knicks

Ever since this offseason began, all eyes were pointed on next offseason where the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and others could hit the open market.

And while New York Knicks’ fans have heard the chatter that Anthony could opt out of his deal and bolt the Big Apple for greener pastures after next season, the general feeling is that Anthony would still re-sign with the organization, especially since the Knicks could offer Anthony an extra year and more money than any other team.

May 18, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shouts out instructions from the bench as the Knicks play against the Indiana Pacers in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

But as I have written before, the fact that Anthony will return to the Knicks for the 2014-15 season is not a slam dunk.

Anthony, when asked by ESPN (via Marc Berman of the New York Post) if this upcoming season will impact whether he’ll stay in New York, Anthony was evasive at best.

“I can’t do that,’’ he said. “It’s too tough right now.”

Basically you don’t want to read too much into this situation as a lot can happen between now and then.

However, it is worth noting that there is some doubt on whether or not ‘Melo feels that New York is the place for him.

I think the Knicks realize that as well.

There was the report last week that the Knicks were willing to let Anthony pick his own teammates in 2015, which is a bit insane but it shows that the Knicks seem willing to do what it takes to keep their superstar in blue and orange.

Who knows what the future will hold for Anthony but NBA fans have just spent two years living a “Dwightmare” as it took two years of drama for Dwight Howard to finally pick a team.

We could be in store for similar drama from ‘Melo.

Until he actually signs with the Knicks, expect a year filled with contract drama as rumors of Anthony and James teaming up in New York or Anthony ending up in Los Angeles or somewhere else will pop up daily.

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