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NBA Rumors: Carmelo Anthony Gone From New York If He Opts Out? Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="160"] On Monday, Carmelo Anthony has to make a decision on whether to opt-out of his contract with the New York Knicks. Doing so would make [new_royalslider id="160"] On Monday, Carmelo Anthony has to make a decision on whether to opt-out of his contract with the New York Knicks. Doing so would make Rating: 0
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NBA Rumors: Carmelo Anthony Gone From New York If He Opts Out?

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On Monday, Carmelo Anthony has to make a decision on whether to opt-out of his contract with the New York Knicks. Doing so would make Anthony an unrestricted free agent, allowing him to sign wherever he wants or remain with the Knicks.

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Anthony will have a number of suitors if he becomes available, and according to the Wall Street Journal’s Chris Herring, Anthony could be out of New York if he opts-out:

“If he makes the choice to opt out, I think he’s gone,” said one person familiar with the matter.

The issue for Anthony in New York is that the Knicks will be $4 million over the cap even without Anthony’s salary on the books. By opting out and then re-signing with the Knicks he would actually hinder the team from bringing in some help next summer when they have the cap room.

The Chicago Bulls are believed to be a likely destination for Anthony if he leaves New York. The Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, and Miami Heat have also been mentioned as potential landing spots.

The Lakers are likely to make a run at Anthony if he becomes available. Some even believe the Lakers could give Anthony a say in who the team’s next coach will be.

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With the team looking to make big changes and quickly re-build in Kobe Bryant’s final years, Anthony could represent the best available player. The Lakers have also been mentioned in trade rumors involving the Philadelphia 76ers and the Golden State Warriors.
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  • scrub

    Come to the Lakers homie.

    PG Jordan Farmar
    SG Kobe Bryant
    SF LeBron James
    PF Carmelo Anthony
    C Joel Embiid

    Pick the coach they want to play for.Do It Mitch!

    • jeremy

      that will only happen in a dream.

    • Bob Fusky

      That team will have to play with 3 basketballs to keep everyone happy

    • lakers_824

      FUCK lebron his bitch ass can stay through the rebuilding process in miami….as for melo i wouldnt mind him coming to lakers. As for Joel Embiid i really wanted him but after the injuries and the reports it seems to be he may never live up to his actual potential.

      PG Marcus Smart, Farmar
      SG Lance Stevenson, Nick Young, bazemore
      SF Kobe Bryant, Xavier Henry
      PF Carmelo Anthony, Jordan Hill
      C Pau Gasol (Bird Rights), Sacre, Bynum

      I also like rudy gay, loul deng, isah thomas, eric bledsoe, monroe, ariza, patrick paterson, and so on….so many options to chose from but its all up to the lakers to get the right pieces so hopfully the buss family can put together the right team.

      • jeremy

        i dont know how well those two would play together. kobe not anything like AI but too me it doesnt seem like he knows how to play well with other super stars.

        • lakers_824

          melo didnt really have any superstars on his teams…….chandler and amare are not superstars.

        • lakers_824

          only superstar i can think of was iverson and they didnt do that bad together

      • ejavin808

        nba 2k on ps4

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        I like Melo because of his offensive prowess… but considering Kobe, I would like it better if we can have Deng than him. It saves us a lot of $$$ to get better and solid role players.

        PG: Marcus Smart/Farmar/Nash
        SG: Kobe/Bazemore
        SF: Ariza/Johnson
        PF: Deng/Hill/Kelly
        C: Pau/Sacre/Okafor

      • jim2

        I like your selections.

        • Jesse Mcdougal

          WOULD SWITCH BAZMORE WITH MEEKS ALONG SIDE KOBE PAU OVER DID ALOT FOR THE TEAM IN PAST BUT NEEDS CHANGE OF SCENERY TO GET BACK TO OLD FORM

    • Johnny

      Ya, right. You may get Jordan Farmar out of all those.

    • Devon Samuels²⁴

      that move can happen….in 2K lol

    • ejavin808

      Hahaha! in NBA 2k14 it can happen just like that without a doubt

    • VillainKing

      WOW nice trading combination done in 2k game.!and Lebron SUCKS!!!

    • socal_topsecret

      Dream on dude!

  • jeremy

    melo not going to be a laker so why do we talking about him. ill be surprise if he does

  • vdogg

    screw melo. lakers should draft elfrid payton, hire lionel hollins and get rudy gay to play SF.

  • Andy L

    Christ… This bullshit about letting some superstar selecting the coach. So why would you then ignore what Kobe thinks? Givet it a goddamn rest…

  • J Taylor

    Opting out is a given. This is mainly so that he can put either $96M $123M guaranteed in his pocket on June 1.

    But,
    Where is he going to go?
    Houston: Keeping Parsons gives the team $12M problems, especially when they have to dump Asik and Lin.
    Chicago: Similar to Houston, but a more manageable situation.
    Los Angeles: Melo said he wouldn’t mind playing with Kobe… Maybe “last man standing.”?

    My guess, Lebron doesn’t opt out. Melo does, and then stays in NYC and tries to lure Lebron next year.

    IF he does come to LA, then we can look for a 3rd superstar next year. (Love, Aldridge, Lebron, Rondo, Irving)

    • ejavin808

      And Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Bosh, and S. Curry too! Bring them all in one team!forget competition! lol

    • https://twitter.com/ybpaperchaser Rich Kid Yellaboy

      why would L.A Leave the Blazers if his Squad better then the Lakers, Rondo Don’t Wanna Be anywhere else,Kyrie Irving Won’t lead us to the Finals,Lebron well idk bout him. Warriors Trying to Get K.Luv

    • Mamba

      If Melo opts out and re-signs they can’t sign anyone next year

  • Coach’em Up

    If I was in FO and making the moves they would like this would look at free agents but i think Deng and Lowry and Isiah Thomas will fetch fat contracts so I would look for bargain players in free agency with manageable deals will be cheap but can produce above pay level and with a lot of length and versatility!
    retain
    PG’s K Marshall, K Bazemore, Add free agent G Vasquez,
    SG’s K Bryant, N Young, J Meeks
    SF’s M Beasley, E Turner, W Johnson
    PF’s 7th Round pick best available, J Hill, R Kelly
    C’s S Hawes, R Sacre
    Starters;
    G Vasquez
    K Bryant
    M Beasley
    A Gordon or J Randle
    S Hawes
    This is a realistic team/line up that would create match up problems with a lot of length skill and versatility up and down the bench! will hold the fort unless a trade goes through and or next year free agents

  • socal_topsecret

    you can hire any coach with that squad.. there’s no need to hire a coach with this team!! not like they’re going to listen anyway. looks like the Lakers going to hire Coach K.. Lol

  • RealisticLakerFan

    Lakers about to sign melo. Then trade Nash and whoever Philly wants at the 7 spot for young and mcw.
    hopefully be able to pick up asik or Monroe at the center position after Pau walks

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