Most people would jump at the chance to collect a guaranteed $23.3 million deal. However, New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony doesn’t appear to be most people. In fact, the All-Star is reportedly interested is opting out of his contract with the Knicks and testing the open market. At this point, one has to wonder where he will land.
The assumption was that Anthony would want to bring a championship to a starved fan base in New York no matter what the cost, but apparently, he is willing to jump ship if that means he can finally collect a ring. There is no question that $23.3 million is a lot of money. On the other hand, the reality is that Anthony doesn’t necessarily need the cash to live comfortably. Like other superstars in the league, most specifically LeBron James, winning a championship at this point in the game is far more important than anything that money can buy.
There’s no question that Knicks president Phil Jackson and newly crowned head coach Derek Fisher are working around the clock to ensure Anthony’s happiness in the Big Apple, but the reality is that he has his sights on a bigger prize.
Whether the rumors that the Miami Heat unearthed a way to land Anthony while also keeping the Big Three in South Beach is true are somewhat irrelevant because it appears he is ready to test the open market regardless the team. Anthony is prepared to take offers from any organization that is interested, which means the Knicks are certainly in a difficult bind.
Clearly, the organization would like Anthony to at least remain in New York for one more season, especially since there is a huge overhaul in the front office and on the sidelines. At the same time, Anthony isn’t getting any younger, and it doesn’t appear the Knicks are ready to make a legitimate run at a championship anytime soon. For that reason alone, Anthony is prepared to see which contenders are willing to offer him a comfortable deal.