Since the offseason began, all eyes have been pointed towards the summer of 2014 when the likes of Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James can hit the open market.
While New York Knicks fans fully expect Anthony to be back with the team after this season, which make sense being that New York can offer ‘Melo the most money, he hasn’t necessarily shot down the rumors that he could sign with the Los Angeles Lakers or take another opportunity to potentially team up with James in the near future.
That is until now.
For the first time, Anthony strongly indicated that he plans to re-sign with the Knicks after this season.
In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Anthony said that he came to New York in hopes of thriving on a big stage and has no plans to give up on his pursuit of a title in the Big Apple.
“I’m not going nowhere,” Anthony said during the interview. ”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. 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.”
Anthony can opt-out of his current contract at the end of the season, which he will still likely do, but if he is true to his word, looks like he will be wearing blue and orange for a very long time.
‘Melo is scheduled to make $23.3 million in the 2014-15 season and can re-sign with the Knicks for five years and $129 million next summer. Other teams can only offer him four years and around $95 million.
His statement is important for one other big reason though.
Until his name is inked on a new contract, there’s always the chance that he could explore other options, especially if the 2013-14 season doesn’t go as planned.
However by coming out and saying he isn’t going anywhere, Anthony may eliminate some of the distractions about his future.
The uncertainty and constant questions everyday this season will start to wear on him after time. The more he comes out and states that he isn’t going anywhere, the better chance that this becomes less of a story through time.
While his name isn’t on a contract yet, the chances seem better than ever that Anthony remains with the Knicks for a very long time.
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