Carmelo Anthony has angered many New York Knicks‘ fans with his latest comments. The All Star forward came out and said that he’s going to opt out of his contract next summer to become a free agent.
“I want to be a free agent. 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,” said Anthony.
There’s nothing wrong with keeping your options open and that’s exactly what opting out will do for Anthony. But on top of that, he stands to gain financially from the opt out. If he ultimately decides to re-up with New York, he can earn an additional $33 million more than he could with another team (according to salary cap expert Larry Coon of ESPN).
So not only does opting out make sense from a basketball perspective, it makes a ton of sense from a financial perspective.
In the end we’ll have to see what’s more important to Melo. Does he want the biggest deal, or does he want to start another new chapter? Competing for a championship will also play a role in his decision (one would hope). As the Knicks are currently constructed, I don’t seem them competing for title in 2013-14. Maybe they’ll make some moves to bring in more players next summer and perhaps Melo’s decision would then be made for him?
It will be interesting to see how all this plays out, but for now, Knicks’ fans should breath easy and know that Anthony will give it his all for the team this season.