Carmelo Anthony had New York Knicks fans sweating this off-season, as he explored free agency. Luckily the franchise was able to keep the star in the Big Apple.
At 30 years old, he’s at his peak, and although he’s still on the hunt for his first NBA title, Melo says he never wants to be a free agent again… ever. During the recent Bloomberg Sports Business Summit, Anthony said he plans on ending his career with the Knicks, reports the NY Post.
“I plan on ending my career here, so it wasn’t for me to go out there and try to strike a two-year deal and then have to go through this situation in two years. I’m not doing that ever again. I would never do that again. I would advise no one to ever do that,” Melo explained. “I experienced it and it’s behind me.”
His words are a stark contrast to what he said last year, as the Knicks suffered a disappointing season, saying the exact opposite.
“I want to be a free agent,” Anthony told the New York Observer. “I think everybody in the NBA dreams to be a free agent at least one time in their career. It’s like you have an evaluation period, you know? It’s like if I’m in the gym and I have all the coaches, all the owners, all the GMs come into the gym and just evaluate everything I do. So yes, I want that experience.”
Apparently, experiencing that once was enough. This past off-season, Melo was courted by the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, and Houston Rockets — where he was given five-start accommodations across the board.
In the end, he didn’t go anywhere, re-signing with the Knicks.