Report: Carmelo Anthony ‘Leaning Toward’ Leaving New York Knicks in Free Agency

June 14th, 2014 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

Carmelo Anthony wants to win, and it sounds like he's not sure that's a possibility with the New York Knicks.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Anthony is favoring the idea of a quicker road to relevance than the cash-strapped Knicks can offer:

New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is leaning toward leaving in pursuit of immediate championship contention, and awaits the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets to clear the necessary salary-cap space to sign him in free agency, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

As re-signing with the Knicks continues to fade as his priority, Chicago and Houston have emerged as the clear frontrunners to acquire Anthony, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Anthony has until June 23 to inform the Knicks whether he'll exercise his $23.3 million player option for the 2014-15 season,'s Marc Stein reported.

He may not need that much time to decide. "Barring a dramatic change of heart, Anthony will opt out of his contract...and become an unrestricted free ...

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