The NBA season has started yet and already the Knicks Carmelo Anthony is in the headlines. Carmelo will be a free agent after this season and according to him he wants to be a free agent.
Here is what he told the New York Observer:
Anthony is clear he expects to win a title. “I feel like I’m going to get one, this year, next year. I still got a long time in this league,” he says. But even if he doesn’t, Anthony rejects the semantics that one has to win to be a winner. “Barkley, Ewing, John Stockton, Karl Malone, Reggie Miller—you mean to tell me they’re not great? Yeah, a championship validates that. But these guys are great.”
“I want to be a free agent,” Anthony says. “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.” Take a breath, Knicks fans. That doesn’t mean he’s leaving. “I came to New York for a reason,” Anthony adds. “I’ve been with you all my life, almost to a fault. 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.”
A lot can change from now to the end of the season, but I don’t blame Anthony for wanting to explore Free Agency. This will be the 1st time in his career he will have the chance to do so. This will also likely be his last big contract. Of course the rumors have already started Melo to the Lakers.