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Agent: Anthony loves NY, wants to explore options

Carmelo Opts Out Of Knicks Contract

NEW YORK (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony "loves being a Knick" but is headed for free agency because he wants to explore his options, his agent said.

Anthony had a Monday deadline to terminate the final year of his contract and had already informed the team he would do so. He will be able to negotiate with teams starting July 1.

"Carmelo loves being a Knick, he loves the city and the fans," Leon Rose said. "At this stage of his career he just wants to explore his options."

The best one financially would be to return to New York, which can offer him an extra year and around $25 million more than any team under NBA rules.

But Anthony has said his priority at this stage of his career is to contend for championships, and the Knicks are coming off a 37-45 season and have little ability to upgrade the roster this summer because of salary cap rules.

Teams such as Chicago, Houston, Dallas and Miami have all been mentioned as teams that could be interested in the All-Star forward, and all are playoff teams with established stars already on the roster.

Anthony would have earned $23.3 million next season had he chose to play out the final year of his deal. Knicks president Phil Jackson had told Anthony it may be a good idea to consider that, but Anthony had repeatedly said his preference was to become a free agent this summer, and he reiterated that to Jackson, general manager Steve Mills and new coach Derek Fisher during a recent meeting in Los Angeles.

Anthony averaged 27.4 points and 8.1 rebounds last season. Both Jackson and Fisher have said they hope the two-time Olympic gold medalist stays, but will be prepared if he doesn't.

"I'm not losing sleep over it, but I'm definitely concerned about the idea of a guy going into free agency. It only takes one bidder out there that has the ability and can ruin your hopes and your chances," Jackson said recently.

"We will survive it. That's what I've said and we'll go forward. But this is a guy we recognize his talent and his skill is the kind of skill and talent that gets you through playoff games where things get sticky, grind out and basketball becomes a force game and suddenly you need to have a player who has the capabilities of scoring with someone hanging on them in a situation that's critical. He's one of those players, one of the few players who can do that."

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HAYLEY BUG June 23 2014 at 8:50 PM

Over rated his entire career.! Good player no doubt, not a superstar.

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tfpisan HAYLEY BUG June 23 2014 at 9:13 PM

this from a philly fan lmfao... srue what ever you say

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brianohorner June 23 2014 at 9:36 PM

He's a ball hog that can't play defense to save his life. You could get two role players that could equal his point total and save millions in salary cap room.

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Eddie June 23 2014 at 10:17 PM

how about the sixers ?

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JIM ISHOO June 24 2014 at 1:25 AM

Send him where he belongs to z....

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easyg444 June 23 2014 at 8:26 PM

Chicago may be his preference, he is a good friend of Noah.

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bnkshields June 24 2014 at 10:05 AM

He has been talking to James. I think James is headed back to cleveland and intends to take some talent with him. Maybe even Lance. Maybe Paul George. Whatever, James is up to no good.

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Randy1953 June 24 2014 at 9:31 AM

He's instant points . Chicago has been lacking that type of scorer as Rose is constantly injured . e should signed with the Bulls . The Knicks are going nowhere fast with or without him anyway !

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billcdaly June 24 2014 at 11:02 AM

Huge ego.
No team player.
All about him.

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Charles June 24 2014 at 12:07 AM

There are plenty of pure shooters in the game today, but I don't see any of them asking for respect, and begging for attention like Melo. NY is a tough sports town, and sooner or later with no winning on his book, Melo will have to answer to the big city, and no way can he handle that pressure. I can't see any team right now who needs a one trick pony in the lineup, the game is called teamwork, something Melo has yet to learn.

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Charles June 24 2014 at 12:02 AM

Damn right the Knicks will survive without Melo, after all with last year record they have no place to go but up. It's going to be very refreshing to see the entire team play this next season. Melo take your dribble dribble shoot, give me the ball, I can score more than you, but we still lost the game, with you.

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GEORGE TAYLOR Charles June 24 2014 at 12:27 AM

Carmo is a ***** of the NBA selling out his body to who ever is the ass to pay him I am not a Nick fan and he is one reason why go for the money tramp

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