Carmelo Anthony recently discussed his free agency period and as expected he discussed how difficult the process was in his journey back to the New York Knicks.
‘Melo spent his free agency largely debating between signing with either the Knicks or the Bulls, though the Lakers were briefly his top choice, as he told Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.
He noted that it ultimately came down to the Knicks and Bulls and it was a decision that was tough to make.
“It was overwhelming,” Anthony told Goodman “It was stressful in the final days, one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make.”
“I was flip-flopping,” he admitted. “It was hard. It was Chicago, but then after I met with L.A., it was L.A. But it came back to Chicago — and was pretty much always Chicago or New York. That’s a situation where I could have walked in now to an opportunity to compete for the next however many years.”
Anthony also noted that he believes in Phil Jackson and thinks that the Knicks are much closer to contending than many would like to believe.
Melo also said that he doesn’t care about the money, even though he cashed in nicely for over $120 million and took a mere $5 million less than the max.
Anthony not caring about the money is the direct opposite opinion of what those who have been close to him would lead you to believe was true.
“I want to win. I don’t care about the money,” Anthony told ESPN.com.
It’s hard to take that very seriously but I have never faulted for Anthony for taking the money if a team like the Knicks were willing to offer it to him.
But saying that after he just signed a $120 million deal doesn’t make him look that great as many have contested he took the money over a real chance to win a championship. Those same people would also point to the fact that he could have saved the Knicks even more money down the road but signing a cheaper deal.
I hear what those people are saying, but I can’t blame him for taking the money at all. Those who complain about that would have taken the $120 million in a heartbeat.
Talking about it though doesn’t pain a great picture.
Either way though, it’s nice to see that Melo is truly on board with what Jackson and the Knicks are doing moving forward.