To avoid the dominance of headlines by LeBron James deciding to head back home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Carmelo Anthony has quietly announced today that he will return to the New York Knicks. He has notified all teams that their chase for the opportunity for his services should cease immediately.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported it first:
Carmelo has notified all teams, including the Bulls, that he is returning to the Knicks.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) July 12, 2014
Anthony is currently negotiating with the Knicks but it’s expected that he’ll be signed to a five-year deal worth approximately $120 million.
Anthony, 30, averaged 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 dimes while shooting 45 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point land.
His numbers have remained relatively steady over the past few seasons. I know what type of player he is — he was going to make sure of that regardless of team success.
This decision does not come as a surprise to many because the Knicks were the only team that could offer more money than the ones that were pursuing him — including the Houston Rockets. Approximately $30 million more, I might add.
I’m sure he came to his senses and realized what’s most important to him was his financial security and that he’ll work out any kinks with Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher, the team’s new president and head coach, respectively.
That leaves very few blue chip free agents that are available now to sign. Decisions have been made and we’ve seen some shocking story lines.
Who would’ve thought the Heat were going to offer Chris Bosh the max with Dwayne Wade in the picture?
Oh the humanity…
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