New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – While Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he doesn’t expect Carmelo Anthony to get distracted by his pending free agency after this season, he couldn’t help but remind him not to lose focus on the work at hand.
Woodson told his star forward to worry about this season only, because that’s what’s staring him in the face.
“We’re expecting big things from Melo,” said Woodson. “He’s a major centerpiece of what we’ve done here the last few years.”
Anthony has indicated he will opt out of the final season of his contract with the Knicks and test free agency next summer.
“It’s definitely an opportunity that I’m willing to explore and experience,” Anthony said Thursday. “That not whatsoever means that I’m not coming back to New York or I don’t want to be here in New York.”
If Anthony decides to opt out of the final season worth $23.3 million, he can make more money re-signing with the Knicks — a five-year contract worth $129.1 million — instead of another suitor that could bring him a maximum of $95.9 million over four years.
It was reported that the Los Angeles Lakers would target Anthony and LeBron James in summer 2014 if both decided to explore free agency.