Carmelo Anthony Will Become Free Agent After Informing New York Knicks He Will Opt Out

By Michael Terrill
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Only four players in the last 30 years have decided to become a free agent or get traded after averaging at least 27 points per game. It appears that New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony will become the fifth as he has informed the organization that he will opt out of his contract and test free agency. Despite having a good meeting with Knicks president Phil Jackson and newly hired head coach Derek Fisher, Anthony believes he will have more success elsewhere. This is a huge blow to New York as both Jackson and Fisher have made it clear that Anthony’s presence is critical to the team next season. Unfortunately, the two men will have to find a different way to inspire the loyal fan base with the Knicks’ best player leaving town. It is somewhat peculiar that Anthony has decided to opt out mainly because he was set to make $23.7 million in 2014-15. There is simply no way he will earn that kind of money in a contract next season no matter where he signs. Apparently, money is not really a big deal considering he is far more interested in collecting his first NBA championship. In order to do so, it appears the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, and even the Miami Heat are all likely landing spots for the superstar. The Heat acquiring Anthony is more unlikely than the Bulls or Rockets because several players on the roster, most notably LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, would have to restructure their contracts. As unlikely as that sounds, I have to imagine the Big Three would be willing to do whatever it takes to win another ring, especially after only taking two out of four over the past four seasons. Wherever Anthony signs, there is no question he will make waves. Not to mention, the lucky team will instantly become a contender. Even though that is what everyone believed would happen when he went to New York a few years ago, the reality is Anthony will have his choosing of which All-Stars to pair up with to win a title. That alone will nearly guarantee he will get his ring before calling it a career.

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