Last month, Carmelo Anthony mentioned just how close he was to leaving the New York Knicks in free agency for either the Los Angeles Lakers or the Chicago Bulls; both of which had serious offers in for him.
Neither the Lakers nor the Bulls though could snag Melo away from playing in the Garden and ultimately, Anthony accepted the team's five-year, $124 million offer to keep him in New York as opposed to elsewhere.
But when Anthony spoke to reporters this past week on what motivated him to stay in New York over Chicago or Los Angeles; two things. One was his business venture side, as per Chris Hering of the Wall Street Journal
Melo said his business interests, many of which are rooted in NY area, played key role in him staying. Also mentions family & Phil Jackson— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) September 4, 2014
The other, the fact that the Knicks gave him a five-year, guaranteed deal as opposed to the two-year offer the Bulls offered, just like the Cavaliers had given LeBron James with the idea of the annual salary going up in 2016.
CHI had reportedly floated the idea of a short-term 2-yr deal for Melo so he could re-sign for max in 2016. He says that wasnt appealing.— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) September 4, 2014
At the end of the day, Carmelo Anthony staying as part of the Knicks was best for business for the Melo brand, so that's a good thing for Knicks fans, even if it was financially driven.
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