“Nobody should be worried about me. I’m going to be fine,” Anthony told reporters Monday. “I’m not even thinking about contracts or BS like that. I’ll think about that in the offseason. Right now, my duty is to lead this team to win some basketball games, hopefully to win a championship. That’s my duty. Nobody should be worried about Carmelo Anthony.”
Anthony has now issued several proclamations on his impending free agency.
At first, he was quoted in the New York Observer as saying, "I want to be a free agent."
He then told TNT, "I want to retire in New York."
He is expected to opt out after the season and could sign a a five-year deal with New York worth $129,135,806, whereas if he signs with another team, the most he can make is $95,897,372 over four years.
As for the immediate future, the Knicks' upcoming schedule features five of the next six games on the road. As the Knicks head into Tuesday's game in Detroit, Anthony admitted the team's confidence is rattled.
"Everybody’s kind of shaken up a little bit, not knowing how to figure it out, not knowing what’s going on," Anthony said. "I don’t know if it’s a lot of distractions or things like that but I don’t want to make excuses because we’re just not putting forth the effort."
Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.