Carmelo Anthony admits to how close he was to leaving the Knicks
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony was coaching a celebrity game at the Barclays Center when he dished out some details about his free agency this past July. Melo said that he was close to leaving New York, but ultimately decided to stay with the Knicks, agreeing to a five-year, $124 million contract. In fact, Anthony was so close to leaving the Knicks that he said he doesn’t want to talk about it anymore.
Via ESPN New York:
Anthony reiterated on Thursday that he was “close” to leaving New York.
“It was close. I don’t even like to talk about that no more,” he said. “This is home. There is no place like New York. Although the other situations were very intriguing, there is no place like New York.”
There were plenty of rumors and speculation about what was going down last month, but at the end of the day, only Anthony and his team know how close he was to leaving New York. And, while Anthony didn’t reveal what team(s) he was close to signing with, the general consensus is that the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls were the two teams close to landing the former Syracuse product. For the sake of Knicks fans, at least they don’t have to completely start all over and rebuild again after a crippling trade that brought Anthony to New York halfway through the 2010-2011 season.