New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony stated prior to the season that he intends to exercise the opt-out clause of his contract and become a free agent this summer. The Knicks' disappointing season may cause Anthony to consider signing elsewhere, though there are plenty of reasons why New York remains his ideal destination.
Anthony turns 30 in May. His next contract will be his final maximum-salary contract. It will extend through the remainder of his prime and represents his last shot at leading a team to a championship.
Carmelo will weigh many factors this summer when deciding where to sign including financial implications, lifestyle, his family's interests, potential teammates and which team would give him the best shot at winning that elusive ring.
The Knicks have given every indication that they intend to re-sign Anthony. His decision will have a tremendous impact on his legacy and the future of the franchise.