Whether or not he'll decide his fate with the Knicks so early remains to be seen, but it does seem like Anthony is more than willing to test the free agent market. Having never been a free agent before in his career, Anthony could simply want to see how he'll fare in the open market.
He told Rafi Kohan of the New York Observer his opinions on the subject:
I want to be a free agent. I think everybody in the NBA dreams to be a free agent at least one time in their career. It's like you have an evaluation period, you know. It's like if I'm in the gym and I have all the coaches, all the owners, all the GMs come into the gym and just evaluate everything I do. So yes, I want that experience.
This comes on the heels of his announcement during the offseason that he wanted to remain a Knick long term. Via Al Iannazzone of Newsday: "I'm not going anywhere."
Well, there goes that.
Anthony's impending decision will certainly have an impact on the way the Knicks approach next year's free agency. With significant cash coming off the books (and even more if Anthony does in fact plan on leaving), head coach Mike Woodson will have to make several personnel decisions.
Anthony's decision is one that isn't too surprising upon further examination. After throwing "basketball is a business" out the window, his desire to be bid on and valued correctly (or overvalued, depending on how you look at it) is enough to warrant such a decision.
Regardless, Anthony is a Knick for now and will focus on winning with his team this season. They made many improvements over the summer and will look to fight for a top spot in the Eastern Conference in 2013-14.
They'll handle this situation accordingly when it officially arises.
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