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Carmelo Anthony on possible free agency: ‘I want to retire in New York’ (video)


On the very same network that employs Charles Barkley, who castigated Carmelo Anthony for all his free agency talk during the offseason, the Knicks guard appeared to express his desire to remain in New York, despite his admission that he intends to test free agency at season’s end.

In a video segment that aired during TNT’s coverage of the Knicks visiting the United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night, Melo says that people “jumped the gun” and overreacted to his comments about what he plans to do following the conclusion of the 2013-14 NBA season.

“I want to retire in New York,” said Anthony in the segment, “I mean, let’s just be quite frank.’’

Carmelo continued, saying that wanting to hit the free agent market has nothing to do with his desire to play for the Knicks, not to mention his willingness to recruit players to New York.

“I think a lot of people jumped the gun when I said I wanted to be a free agent,” he said, as quoted in a New York Post report. “And yeah, I want people to come play in New York. I want them to want to play in New York. I want New York to be that place where guys want to come play.”

Fair enough. While what Anthony said could lead to the conclusion that his intent is to sign with the Knicks, simply stating “I want to retire in New York,” could have several different meanings outside of ending his career with the Knicks. Maybe it means that Carmelo hopes to sign a deal with the Brooklyn Nets. Alternatively, perhaps what Melo means is he hopes to spend his retirement years living in New York, after he finishes his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Houston Rockets, whatever.

Pretty clever guy, that Carmelo Anthony. He’s like a mystery wrapped in an enigma awash in millions of dollars courtesy of a big-money free agent contract.