Anthony reportedly staying with Knicks

The Sports NetworkJuly 9, 2014 

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - At least one member of this year's star- studded NBA free agent class will be staying with his old team.

The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that Carmelo Anthony will re-up with the New York Knicks once the league's free agency signing period opens on Thursday.

According to the Daily News, Anthony will receive a full maximum contract from the Knicks worth $129 million over five years. Sources told the newspaper that the seven-time All-Star turned down a four-year max deal from the Los Angeles Lakers in order to remain in New York.

The Daily News, citing a close friend of Anthony with knowledge of the situation, also stated that the 2012-13 NBA scoring champion has confidence that new team president Phil Jackson can build the Knicks back into a championship contender.

After reaching the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2012-13, New York slumped to a 37-45 record this past season that triggered the dismissal of head coach Mike Woodson. Jackson hired recently retired point guard Derek Fisher to take over the position.

Anthony averaged 27.4 points, a career-best 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists over 77 games in 2013-14, finishing second to league MVP Kevin Durant in the scoring race.

In three-plus seasons since joining the Knicks in a 2011 trade with the Denver Nuggets, Anthony has averaged 26.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

The State is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service