Carmelo Anthony – “I Want To Be A Free Agent”

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New York Knicks fans, brace yourself. Take a deep breath and exhale slowly. Then make sure you’re sitting down before reading any further.

In a long-form piece for The New York Observer, Rafi Kohan relayed the following quote, spoken by none other than Carmelo Anthony:

I want to be a free agent. 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.

‘Melo’s impending foray into free agency has been the subject of much discussion throughout the offseason.

Will he decide to stay in New York for the foreseeable future? Will he opt out and hit the open market? Could he—gasp—join the Los Angeles Lakers, putting on a purple-and-gold jersey that would incite plenty of boos?

It’s sure to be a hot-button issue throughout the 2013-14 campaign, even as the Knicks keep pace in the Eastern Conference and remain a legitimate part of the title chase. Especially now that the world knows where Anthony stands on the issue.

But what does this actually mean? Should we start spewing out doom and gloom for the Knicks?

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