Dec 29, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the game at the Staples Center. The Lakers defeated the Knicks 99-82. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks GM Hopes To Keep Carmelo Anthony In NY

Recent rumors have suggested that the Los Angeles Lakers, equipped with a bunch of cap space, will be pursuing both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony next summer. However, if Knicks GM Glen Grunwald would have his way, he would like to keep the scoring champion in New York.

“It’s really premature for me to talk about [Anthony's opt-out]. We obviously love Melo, we think he’s great for New York and New York is great for him,” Grunwald said on a conference call.

“We see it being a long-term, successful partnership with him as we go forward. But right now, it’s just too early to say anything other than we’re looking forward to this coming season and we expect to have a good year.”

(via ESPN)

It’s understandable that the Knicks want to keep their best player but Melo will probably give the Lakers some serious thought next summer. Amar’e Stoudemire’s contract greatly hinders New York right now, and the team will not be able to make many moves in free agency. There is still hope that the Knicks could somehow move Stoudemire during next year’s free agency when his deal is expiring, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Melo opted out and looked at what was available.

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