Carmelo Anthony Not Ready to Consider Long-Term Future With Knicks

by July 31, 2013

With what he considers “a huge season” ahead, Carmelo Anthony says he’s not prepared to think about his long-term future with the New York Knicks quite yet. But Melo is very happy with the team’s moves this summer. Per ESPN: “I’ve been staying under the radar,’ Anthony said while in Las Vegas coaching his Team Melo summer program. ‘I let them do what they do. We got [Metta World Peace], and I think [Andrea] Bargnani was really a steal for us. He’ll help us spread the floor. We got J.R. [Smith] back and we kept the core guys together.’ The Knicks were 54-28 last season and advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals — where they lost to the Indiana Pacers. Anthony has two more years on his current contract, but can opt out and become a free agent after this season. ‘It’s a big year,’ said Anthony, who recently returned from a Jordan Brand trip to China with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. ‘A huge upcoming season for me, as a team and as an organization.’ […] ‘We’ll see whether we have enough,’ Anthony said. ‘We haven’t even stepped on the court yet. It’s special what [Brooklyn] did,’ he added. ‘J-Kidd will have four or five future Hall of Famers. I played with him for a year and also with USA Basketball and I know his mentality. He knows the game. It won’t be hard for him to deal with those guys because he’ll put them in position and only have to tell them things one time.’ Anthony recently turned 29. He won a national championship with Syracuse in 2003, has been an NBA All-Star on six occasions and won the scoring title this past year. However, he’s never won an NBA title. Will this season determine whether he remains in New York long-term? ‘I can’t do that,’ Anthony said. ‘It’s too tough right now.'”