Mar 31, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) dribbles the ball during the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony 'wants to be as athletic as he was when he was a rookie'

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New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony entered free agency with plenty of options and although he admitedly considered signing with both the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, he wound up re-signing with the Knicks. Now, Anthony is focused on getting in as good of shape as he can to help his team the best way possible.

According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, Anthony wants to be “as athletic as he was when he was a rookie.”

A photo of Anthony this week on his Instagram showed what appeared to be a dramatic weight loss since the season ended. Anthony, who turned 30 on May 29, looks younger with the weight loss.

“He wants to be as athletic as he was when he was a rookie,’’ the confidant told The Post. “Plus he wants to be a facilitator in the triangle and speed will help that.’’

Anthony was listed at 230 pounds as a Denver rookie in 2003 and appears to be close to that goal. Last season, the 6-foot-8 Anthony was listed in the Knicks preseason media guide at 240, but likely played at least 5 to 10 pounds heavier as the season wore on.

Anthony put up 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game and shot 45.2% from the field, 40.2% from beyond the arc and 84.8% from the free throw line last season. In his 11-year career, Anthony has gone for 25.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 45.5% from the floor, 34.5% from beyond the arc and 81.1% from the charity stripe last season.

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