Thursday, October 17, 2013

Carmelo Anthony says he can't wait to be a free agent

Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports

Although New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony still has two years left on his current contract, he has already expressed a desire to opt out of the final year next summer, so he can pursue coveted free agency.

“I want to be a free agent,” Anthony [said]. “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.”

At first glance, his remarks may lead some folks to believe he wants out of New York and fast. However, Anthony says that isn't the case at all, and in fact, he claims he could still very well wind up in the Big Apple for the long-term.

“I came to New York for a reason,” Anthony told the Observer. “I wanted to come here and take on the pressures of playing in New York. So one thing I would tell my fans: If you haven’t heard it from me, then it ain’t true.”

Under the league's current rules, the Knicks would hold an edge over opposing teams, as they could offer Anthony as much as $125 million over five years. Meanwhile, the largest contract another team could offer Anthony would be for four years and aroudn $95 million.

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