Carmelo Anthony has officially terminated his contract with the Knicks and will become a free agent on July 1st, according to league sources. Anthony had until Monday to exercise the Early Termination Option in his contract.
Carmelo has stated his desire to remain in New York over the years, but has reportedly been leaning towards leaving recently, and it appears that Chicago, Houston, Dallas, and Miami are the most likely destinations for the former scoring champion.
Anthony has said since the beginning of the season that he planned on opting out, so this should not come as a surprise, despite the fact that Knicks President Phil Jackson had attempted to convince him to opt in for one more year. Now, it is up to Phil and the front office to try to sell Melo on staying for the long term.
Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has a small tear in the labrum of his right shoulder and will miss the final two games of the season, the team announced.
Anthony played through a more serious shoulder injury in the playoffs last year, but with the Knicks already eliminated, there is no reason for him to take any chances. Carmelo made the choice to skip surgery last summer, but it remains to be seen what he will do this time. This is not the same shoulder Anthony injured last year. Melo will be re-evaluated in about a month.
Carmelo’s injury came at the worst possible time for the Knicks, costing them at least one and probably two games last week as the Knicks were eliminated from playoff contention. After struggling against the Wizards and Heat, Anthony looked pretty good against the Raptors and Bulls, but again, now that an MRI has revealed a tear in his shoulder, it is smart of him to just call it a season. We can only hope that we haven’t seen the last of Carmelo Anthony in a Knicks uniform.
Coach Woodson still has 2 starting spots open, after saying Wednesday that Felton, Melo, and Chandler are the only players with starting jobs locked up.
The Knicks plan to let Carmelo Anthony pick his teammates when the team has cap space in 2015, if Melo opts into his contract after this season. Melo will have a few stars on the market to pick from, including Rajon Rondo.
Andrea Bargnani has pneumonia, and may not play for his national team this summer.