New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is excited about his team’s chances in the upcoming season. While he may be a fan of the moves the Knicks organization has made this summer, he is not ready to sign a long term deal just yet.
The Knicks superstar forward can opt out of his contract following the 2013-14 season. There have been strong rumors of the Los Angeles Lakers making a strong play for Anthony next summer. The Lakers are trying to rebuild the franchise following the loss of Dwight Howard to free agency.
“I can’t do that,” Anthony told ESPN.com about signing a long term deal with the Knicks. “It’s too tough right now.”
Anthony is certainly responding to the major moves made by the crosstown rival Brooklyn Nets. They made the biggest trade of the summer so far by adding Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry in a trade with the Boston Celtics. They appear to be the better team on paper and poised to be a more serious threat to the NBA Champion Miami Heat.
“We’ll see whether we have enough … We haven’t even stepped on the court yet.”
Anthony has done it all in his NBA career, including winning his first scoring title last season. However, the one thing he has never done is win an NBA championship. He won a college championship in 2003 with Syracuse University. But he knows his legacy will be measured whether he can win an NBA title or not.
“It’s a big year,” he added. “A huge upcoming season for me, as a team and as an organization.”
The Knicks have made some solid moves of their own, including trading for Andrea Bargnani. Anthony believes the team really got lucky with that one.
“I think (Andrea) Bargnani was really a steal for us,” Anthony said. “He’ll help us spread the floor. We got J.R. (Smith) back and kept the core guys together.
New York dealt Steve Novak, Marcus Camby and two draft picks — including a first-rounder in 2016 — to acquire the inconsistent Bargnani, the No. 1 draft pick in 2006. The Knicks also signed Metta World Peace to a two-year deal after he was amnestied by the Los Angeles Lakers. They also resigned J.R. Smith to a three-year contract, who averaged a career-high of 18.1 ppg. They also brought back veteran point guard Pablo Prigioni and veteran power Forward Kenyon Martin back. The latter two were instrumental in the team’s success down the stretch of the season, and in the playoffs.