Carmelo Anthony Denies Report That He's Leaving Knicks This Offseason

Zach Buckley@@ZachBuckleyNBANational NBA Featured ColumnistDecember 5, 2013

As his New York Knicks crush championship dreams by the second, superstar Carmelo Anthony is doing his own brand of destruction.

That crashing sound you just heard? A crystal ball promising glimpses of Anthony's future that 'Melo himself just shattered.

ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith took to the New York City airwaves on Thursday to plot out Anthony's departure from the Big Apple next summer. Smith had heard from sources, he said on ESPN Radio New York, that Anthony has already decided he wants out of New York this coming offseason.

Anthony channeled his inner Lee Corso with a response for Smith and anyone else who was listening—not so fast, my friend (per Rod Boone of Newsday):

Shocking, isn't it, that Anthony would decide to leave his options open with roughly seven months remaining before he can officially make his next move.

In the rare chance that the reigning scoring champ is actually thinking that far into his future, is that really something he'd share with the rest of the world? Not at all, according to him:

Anthony's decision won't be easy. The Knicks (3-13) have been a nightmare, but there are so many other elements in play here.

New York can offer him an extra year on his contract and roughly $30 million more than any of his potential suitors. The Empire State is his basketball home, the one he fought tooth and nail to get to just three seasons ago.

Walking away from that kind of cash plus the comforts of home would not be a simple move.

Yet another factor in this equation, as NBC Sports' Kurt Helin noted, is "just how strong is the market for ‘Melo at max dollars." Anthony could wind up needing the Knicks just as badly as they need him. Would a cash-strapped Los Angeles Lakers squad built around 'Melo and Kobe Bryant really shift the balance of power in a stacked Western Conference?

If it seems like there's a lot for Anthony to weigh, that's because there is. And he has plenty of time to assess the situation from all angles.

He'll use all of that time, too. Even as people like Smith and his "sources" try so hard to shove him out the door.

Consider this myth, along with the countless others that will inevitably follow between now and next summer, officially debunked.

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