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The first half of the season has been as bad as anyone could have predicted, but most signs still point to the Knicks retaining Carmelo Anthony when the offseason rolls around.
He will explore his options in the summer—he said as much back in October, per CBS Sports' Zach Harper—but the chances of him finding another big market that can legitimately offer him a better shot at a title are slim.
People continue to bring up the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls as potential landing spots, but either team would have to do a lot of work to convince Anthony to take less money when there's so much uncertainty surrounding Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose, respectively.
New York is anything but perfect for Melo right now, but the one thing it can offer him is more money, something he went out of his way to get in 2011 by forcing a trade so that the Knicks could acquire his Bird rights.
This is all speculation of course, but there are also more tangible signs pointing to Melo sticking around. His wife La La recently said she "definitely" expects him to stay with the Knicks on Bravo TV's Watch What Happens Live (h/t Yahoo! Sports), and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better source than that.
Also worth noting is Anthony's deal with 50 Cent's SMS Audio—the New York rapper's headphone company. The pair will be releasing a set of sports headphones in the coming months, and it's a partnership that would make little sense if Melo wasn't a popular figure in New York culture.
There's still plenty of time for him to make his decision, and based on what we've seen so far, his focus right now is squarely on the court. If the Knicks can start to win some games and at least make the playoffs, they still have a solid shot at retaining Anthony at the end of the year.