Despite the fact that Carmelo Anthony is likely to opt-out of his contract in the next week or so, the New York Knicks aren’t exactly fearful that they’re going to lose their star forward to free agency. At least, that’s the word from the New York Post who says the Knicks brass feels good about keeping Anthony after their meeting last week.
The Knicks still like their odds of keeping Carmelo Anthony following their meeting in Los Angeles with Anthony and his agent Leon Rose on Friday night.
Despite a report Anthony was “leaning’’ toward leaving the Knicks because of interest from the Bulls and Rockets, Knicks officials did not seem alarmed, according to NBA sources.
Anthony has until June 23rd to opt-out, a decision that the Knicks have reportedly already been informed that Anthony will exercise.
As for the small forward, once he does opt-out, multiple teams are expected to express interest in the All-Star which include the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls. Both were named as ‘favorites’ to sign the former Syracuse talent on Saturday morning, though the Miami Heat continue to lurk as a dark-horse candidate. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith appeared on SportsCenter Saturday afternoon suggesting that if the Heat can somehow convince players like LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to take salary cuts, Anthony will play for the Heat.
Of course, it’s all speculation at this point and its conceivable that the Knicks are simply giving lip service about re-signing Anthony, though it seems as if they’re feeling good about the idea currently.