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'Melo a lock to opt out of Knicks deal?

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07:13 AM ET 08.05 | Yet another edition of The Decision looms. Carmelo Anthony admitted "my window is closing" and that he's "trying to bring a championship to New York ASAP." But the clock is ticking on Anthony's career as well as his time in New York. The All-Star forward can become a free agent on July 1, and he will almost certainly opt out of his contract because it makes financial sense. The Knicks can offer Anthony the most money but the Los Angeles Lakers will be players in the free-agent market next summer and there has already been talk of Anthony joining Kobe Bryant, and even Anthony and LeBron James joining forces in the purple and gold. "As far as ruling anything out, I haven't even, to be honest with you, thought about anything past today," Anthony said on Saturday in Queens.

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August 5, 2013  07:55 AM ET

I as a Knicks fan, couldn't care less what Melo does. If he stays he stays, if he doesn't he doesn't. The goal is to win a title. If we can do it with him great. If not and he has to go, I don't give a rat's behind.

August 5, 2013  08:11 AM ET

I haven't even, to be honest with you, thought about anything past today
That is the problem with selfish people.

August 5, 2013  08:25 AM ET

I won't be surprise if he does go to the Lakers. He will be a nomad who moves from city to city. All the talk about NY being his home is just bull crap!

August 5, 2013  08:35 AM ET

Really Camelo? You're 29 and at the top of your game right now. I thought New York is where you always wanted to be because you're "home"? Now that you see Brooklyn, Miami, Indy and Chicago getting even better, you're ready to opt out and bolt again.

We all get it.....what you meant to say was that you wanted to come home and play for the NETS since you were born in Brooklyn.

August 5, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I won't be surprise if he does go to the Lakers. He will be a nomad who moves from city to city. All the talk about NY being his home is just bull crap!

It's not bull crap. He lives on W. 54th St. (between Ninth and 10th avenues). In the Upper West Side in New York City.

August 5, 2013  09:18 AM ET

Guess we have to endure all this speculation until he signs somewhere. Heck next thing you know he will be linked to Denver again.

August 5, 2013  09:19 AM ET

Why the hell would the Lakers want this guy?

August 5, 2013  09:20 AM ET

he will opt out for sure. We all know he will, but it will be so that he gets another max deal. It won't necessarily be to leave New York.

August 5, 2013  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It's not bull crap. He lives on W. 54th St. (between Ninth and 10th avenues). In the Upper West Side in New York City.

I thought all the D-LUX apartments in the sky were on the EAST side....

August 5, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I as a Knicks fan, couldn't care less what Melo does. If he stays he stays, if he doesn't he doesn't. The goal is to win a title. If we can do it with him great. If not and he has to go, I don't give a rat's behind.

+1, im with u on this. It was fun while it lasted, but I want a title for my Knicks. If he goes, they can take Stot and Chandler with him too, and let the rebuiding process begin.

August 5, 2013  10:06 AM ET

New York can't keep players.

August 5, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Why the hell would the Lakers want this guy?

To save face after losing Howard.

August 5, 2013  10:13 AM ET

LA Is The Place, Bro.

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August 5, 2013  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Why the hell would the Lakers want this guy?

http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/knicks/post/_/id/16302/carmelo-clutch

"This isn't exactly breaking news, but Carmelo Anthony is pretty clutch.

Anyone who saw the Knicks overtime win against Chicago on Sunday afternoon can tell you that. Anthony hit a game-tying three-pointer with 11 seconds to go in regulation and a game-winning 3-pointer with 8 seconds left in overtime to beat the Bulls.

It was Anthony's signature moment as a Knick; he ranked the shots as one of the top moments in a career full of clutch buckets.

And he's had more than his fair share.

Among players that have taken at least 20 field goal attempts in game-tying or game-winning situations in the last 15 seconds of the 4th quarter or overtime in the past 10 years, Anthony ranks first in field-goal percentage (46.2), according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He has made 24 of 52.

His 24 field goals are second to Kobe Bryant's 26. But Bryant is shooting 30.2 percent in 'clutch' situations (26-86).

Need more evidence that Anthony is clutch?

He's shooting 46.7 percent on game-tying or go-ahead shots in the final 24 seconds of regulation or overtime. The only player with a higher career shooting percentage in such situations over the past 16 seasons? Shawn Marion, who has shot 47.4 percent in crunch time.

Anthony's game-winning three-pointer was somewhat of a rarity. It was the second time he's won a game with a three-pointer in the final 30 seconds of a game but just the fourth time he's done so in his eight-year career. So most of his clutch shots have come inside the arc.

Also, Anthony is the fifth player in the last five seasons to make a game-tying shot in the last 15 seconds of regulation and a game-winner in the last 15 seconds of OT. Dirk Nowitzki last did it in 2009."

August 5, 2013  10:33 AM ET
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I thought all the D-LUX apartments in the sky were on the EAST side....

All that matters is that he's finally got a piece of the pie.

August 5, 2013  10:34 AM ET

For all his faults, Melo is a great scorer and a clutch performer. When he applies himself on defense, he is a capable defender. Not great, but he isn't as bad as people say he is either.

And he's a solid rebounder.

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