Report: Carmelo Anthony Will Opt Out; Test Free Agency
When Phil Jackson took his current position with the New York Knicks, it was clear that one of his goals was to convince Knicks star Carmelo Anthony to opt in to the last year of his contract with the team instead of testing free agency this summer. It seems that the Zen Master has fallen short, as ESPN NY is now reporting that Anthony will indeed opt out of his last year and test the free agency market:
Despite efforts from New York Knicks president Phil Jackson to convince him to remain under contract, forward Carmelo Anthony hasn’t changed his mind and plans to opt out of his contract and test free agency this summer, according to a league source familiar with the situation.
Additionally, the New York Daily News reported that Anthony and his agent met with Jackson, new coach Derek Fisher, and GM Steve Mills yesterday, where he presumably informed the team of his decision:
Anthony and his agent, Leon Rose, reportedly met on Thursday with Jackson, new coach Derek Fisher and general manager Steve Mills.
Anthony will certainly have suitors aside from the Knicks on the market, and the report references the Bulls, Mavericks, and Rockets as potential suitors:
The Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks are all teams Anthony would consider starting July 1, sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, provided Anthony remains steadfast in his decision to opt out between now and June 23.Miami Heat officials have also started to explore their options in trying to create enough financial flexibility to land Anthony in free agency, ESPN.com reported earlier this week.
Obviously, this would also be the first step in the Miami Heat’s pipe dream of grabbing Melo to team up with their already established big three. This seems like the only logical move for Anthony to make. He is still a max salary player that will command a multi-year deal, and it is his best opportunity to earn maybe his last long-term, high-paying contract.
Personally, I would like to see Melo go to the Bulls, as I think it would be a great fit for both parties, and put the Bulls right into contention in the Eastern Conference with the likes of the Heat, and the Indiana Pacers.
Frank Santos- Sports-Kings Co-Founder