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Carmelo Anthony explains his contract situation and the opt-out that awaits at the end of the season. More:
"When people hear -- the outsiders and uneducated people -- they automatically assume when they hear someone is going to opt-out, they think they want to leave or they ready to get out of there and of that situation," Melo told MSG Network's Tina Cervasio.
"At the end of the day, I would love to be able to sit back and assess the situation and say, 'OK, how can we build going forward, if we all on the same page, and if not, what's next?' We would never know what's next until that time comes, until that situation comes, when it's time for us to actually sit down.
"Right now, I'm not even thinking about that."
The Knicks, by rule, can begin to offer Melo a contract extension starting in late February (when the three-year moratorium ends), but it is more likely Melo will wait out the process and go into the offseason as a free agent.
The Knicks can still offer him the most money and years, if they choose to do that, than any other team.
There is very little doubt that Melo will then re-sign with the Knicks, but the opt-out does allow both parties to breathe a little after this season and assess where they are.
Chris Paul allowed his contract to expire and re-upped with the Clippers in similar fashion last summer. Though there will be teams such as the Lakers that may try to make a play, expect Melo to follow the same script as his friend CP3.
That is, of course, as long as the Knicks share the same vision.