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Carmelo Anthony, as Expected, to Opt Out of Contract with New York Knicks

June 22nd, 2014 at 5:07 PM
By Daniel Stack

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What has long been rumored will likely become official on July 1, when New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is expected to opt out of his contract.

There has been strong debate on whether he would stay and be part of new President Phil Jackson's plans or try to win elsewhere, with Houston, Chicago and Miami being possible destinations.

Well, according to a tweet by Daily News writer Frank Isola, Anthony will inform the Knicks that he is indeed opting out. Other outlets are reporting the same news.

It's not a shock that Anthony will opt out, as he said he would last October. With the Knicks coming off a terrible season, in which they won just 37 games (after winning 54 games the previous year), Anthony apparently does not want to wait around for his chance to win an elusive championship.

And make no mistake, the suitors will be there and one team in particular, the Bulls, are making a strong push.

From Ken Berger of CBSSports.com

It would take a major shakeup — amnestying or trading Carlos Boozer and trading Taj Gibson — but the Bulls are well-positioned to make room for a much bigger catch: Knicks free agent Carmelo Anthony. With the Rockets needing to dump Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin to make room for Anthony, the Bulls could have the inside track if the Knicks' superstar decides he wants to move on. If the Bulls feel good about their chances of landing Anthony, they could move both of their picks to create room — or dangle one in sign-and-trade talks with New York, which badly needs future assets. In addition to the 16th and 19th pick in this draft, the Bulls have Sacramento's 1-10 protected pick next year and the right to swap with Cleveland.

While it's not a foregone conclusion that Anthony has played his last game with the Knicks, but indications are he's not happy with the direction with the Knicks. This story will certainly pick up in intensity once he starts getting wooed by other teams in the first week of July.

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Tags: Basketball, Carmelo Anthony, NBA, New York, New York Knicks

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