Melo on Barkley: 'I don't listen to that guy'

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Charles Barkley's had a lot to say about the Knicks and Carmelo Anthony over the years.

Just don't ask Anthony to react to it.

He said on Tuesday that he's not paying attention to Barkley.

"I don't listen to that guy, not at all," Anthony said.

Barkley's latest criticism of the Knicks is centered around Anthony. Barkley and his fellow TNT analyst, Kenny Smith, said on Monday that Anthony should be focused on recruiting players to New York rather than his pending free agency.

Anthony plans to opt out of the final year of his deal with the Knicks and test free agency this summer.

"He owns the city, he should be trying to get guys to come here and not like, 'I'll stay here a couple of years -- I forced my way here, No. 1, I got here, now I want to leave.' That's just not cool at all, to be honest with you," Barkley told reporters at a lunch to promote TNT's "Inside the NBA" studio show.

Added Smith: "What he should say is, 'The Knicks have to, they're going to give me the max. I'm going to be in New York.'

"What happened to the law of attraction? Like, you're good enough where you can attract guys that want to play with you. And that's what's missing, I think, from the Knicks, and I think what's missing from Carmelo, is just the law of attraction. Like, there aren't a lot of guys saying they want to come to New York and play here with this guy."

Anthony was asked to respond to Barkley and Smith's criticism on Tuesday.

"They don't know what I'm doing," he said.

Anthony plans to recruit players to come to New York this summer, which could be taken as a strong indication that Anthony will re-sign with the Knicks.

"I haven't had a complaint yet in my 11 years in this NBA about playing with me. I think people would love to come to play in New York," Anthony said. "And when that time comes we'll be working on that. I have a big black book. I have a big Rolodex. People that talk about what's going on with me in the offseason, this and that, I should be getting people to come here, I am. I'm trying."

Of course, it makes financial sense for Anthony to opt out of the final year of his current contract and re-sign with the Knicks.

If he re-signs with New York, Anthony can ink a five-year contract worth $129.1 million.

With another team, the maximum he could earn is $95.9 million over four years, according to calculations by ESPN salary-cap expert Larry Coon.

Those numbers are based on the assumption Anthony will sign a max contract.

"I'll deal with that in the offseason when that time comes," Anthony said Tuesday when asked about free agency. "So that's not something I'm actually thinking about at this point in time. I'm very excited about this season. I think it'll be a great season and I think we have a hell of a chance to do something this year."

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