By Montezz Allen
With only three players under contract (Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Robert Sacre) and a little over $30 million to play with in cap space this summer, the Lakers can offer Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony a max contract.
The 30-year-old has been on record saying that he plans to opt out of the final year of his contract, slated to pay him $23 million, and will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
“It’s definitely an opportunity I’m willing to explore and experience,” said Anthony. “That not whatsoever means that I’m not coming back to New York or I don’t want to be here in New York. So I don’t want nobody to get that impression.”
Anthony used his words wisely, but if you really decode what he said, he really meant this: “If you don’t surround me with players who I can win a championship with, I’m going to listen to what other contending teams have to say and then skip town. But don’t get me wrong, I love New York.”
Melo is arguably one of the top five players in the league. He had another career year this past season where he averaged 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and shot better than 45 percent from the floor.