The person who likely knows Carmelo Anthony better than anyone else on the planet believes the New York Knicks superstar will re-sign with the team this summer.
In an interview with Bravo TV's Watch What Happens Live, 'Melo's wife, La La, gave Knicks fans a reason for optimism while at the same time taking a seemingly unnecessary shot at the city of Denver.
ESPN New York provides the quote:
I definitely think he will stay [in New York]. I know that he wants to stay and I support him wherever he wants to go. Listen, I used to live in Denver with him. If I can live in Denver, I can live anywhere. I just want him to be happy.
On Tuesday, Anthony responded to his wife's quote via Wall Street Journal reporter Chris Herring:
Melo, on La La's comments abt him wanting to stay: "That's my wife. I support her. I don't think she said anything wrong."— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) January 29, 2014
The superstar forward is currently signed through the 2014-15 NBA season, but he has the ability to opt out and become a free agent on July 1. In an interview with the New York Observer's Rafi Kohan in October, Anthony said, "I want to be a free agent."
Then again, per ESPN New York's Ohm Youngmisuk, he told TNT that he wanted "to retire in New York" not long after that interview.
Should he hit free agency, Anthony would likely headline what is expected to be a very strong class.
In his 11th season, the league's defending scoring champion is averaging 27.2 points per contest to go with what would be a career-high 9.0 rebounds. Of course, he has been especially locked in as of late, dropping a Madison Square Garden-record 62 points against the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday, Jan. 24, and following that up with 35 in a win against the Los Angeles Lakers two days later.
As Numbers Never Lie pointed out, he's on track for quite the historical achievement in 2013-14:
Moreover, per NBA.com, the Knicks, despite struggling for much of the year and sitting at just 17-27, have still managed to slightly outscore opponents (0.3 points per 100 possessions) with Anthony on the floor.
So, yeah, one of the best pure scorers and top stars in the Association is going to attract a little bit of interest should he hit free agency this summer.
All jokes aside, I think that players, when that time comes, will have to make the best decision for them and their families. I try not to think about it too much. If he wants to call me for advice later as a friend, I will be more than happy to give it to him.
Which team will Anthony be playing for during the 2014-15 NBA season?
If "best decision for them and their families" comes down to monetary reasons, then the Knicks certainly have the inside track.
According to the ESPN report, New York could offer Anthony $129 million for five years, while other suitors could "only" dole out $96 million over four years.
If La La has anything to say about it, though, it will come down to whatever makes Carmelo happy.