Carmelo Anthony has won a scoring title and an NCAA National Championship. He's won multiple Olympic gold medals and played in plenty of All-Star games.
So the list of priorities for the rest of Anthony's career is simple and short.
There’s winning a title, and there’s everything else.
“Nothing else even motivates me anymore, just that,” Anthony said on Monday.
Carmelo is in his 11th season in the league, so there’s little left to accomplish at this point.
“When you first come in, you’re excited to be here and you’re trying to get your feet wet. Then it becomes a stage where you kind of establish yourself about who you’re going to be as a person. And then it’s years, like now, where you start with the only thing that’s on your mind is a championship,” Anthony said. “And that’s where I’m at at this stage of my career.”
So that brings us to Anthony’s free agency. Specifically, which team gives him the best chance to win a title.
Let’s take a brief look:
Knicks: New York is saddled with the contracts of Amar'e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani through 2014-15. Tyson Chandler is also on the books through 2014-15. So it’s unlikely they have a chance to rebuild the roster before the summer of 2015. Is Melo willing to wait that long?
Bulls: For Chicago, it’s all about the health of Derrick Rose. Can he come back from two major surgeries and be the same player he was before he went down? And does Anthony want to take a backseat to Rose in Chicago? Furthermore, is Bulls ownership willing to spend enough money on Anthony and other complementary players to build a championship roster? The recent trade of Luol Deng may suggest otherwise.
Lakers: Kobe Bryant's two-year, $48.5 million extension clogs Los Angeles’ cap situation. The Lakers would have to make some roster moves -- such as waiving Elias Harris (non-guaranteed contract) and getting rid of Steve Nash via the stretch provision -- to create enough space for Anthony to ink a max deal.
They may get a nice first-round pick this season, but will they have enough pieces to build around Carmelo and Kobe?
Up Now: No one knows where Anthony’s going to end up next year. But La La, his wife, thinks he will re-sign with the Knicks.
Anthony said his sole motivation for the rest of his career is to win an NBA title.
Lastly, Anthony says the Knicks are still “bitter” over their 41-point loss to the Celtics. They’ll get a chance for a little payback on Tuesday night with Boston in town.
What’s next: The Knicks will face the Celtics on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Question: Can the Knicks give Carmelo his best chance to win a title?
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