Carmelo isn’t Ready to leave New York just yet.
After Knick fans stressing for the past week over his choice, Anthony is expected to finally make it public that he will be staying with the Knicks. Leon Rose, Anthony’s agent claims that there is no official decision that has been reached but a friend close to Anthony commented that Anthony “wants to get it done in New York.”
The deal on the table brings the Knicks to a max contract deal with Anthony for $129 million over five years. The Lakers have also offered Anthony a max deal over four years for $96 million alongside a $75 million dollar deal from the Chicago bulls.
Anthony, who constantly was reported saying that he wanted to stay in New York, seemed to be interested in joining the Lakers and close friend, Kobe Bryant. He also liked the idea of playing with the champion contender Chicago Bulls. He liked their presentation and appreciated the strong bond Head Coach Tom Thibodeau shared with his players.
However Anthony seems to want to stay in the Big Apple, a place his family calls home and the place he believes that can be turned around by Phil Jackson.
A source close with Anthony claims that his prolonged decision is not a reflection on his confidence in the Knicks of Jackson. The Knicks ideally wanted a verbal agreement from Anthony last Thursday but Anthony requested at least the weekend to make this decision about his future.
By Wednesday, Anthony was reported as telling friends that he could see himself in a position to win a championship in New York. The last NBA title for the team was back in 1973.
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