Jim Boeheim: Carmelo Anthony 'committed' to Knicks, should have gone to Chicago

Jim Boeheim, left, on Carmelo Anthony staying with the Knicks: "He's got two or three really good years left. I hope they give him the help that he needs." AP Photo/Al Goldis

There's been plenty of speculation about Carmelo Anthony's future with the New York Knicks.

One person close to Anthony weighed in on the topic Tuesday, predicting that the star forward will stay in the Big Apple.

"I know he’s committed to New York, I think he’ll stay here," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said in an interview on "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN 98.7 FM. "He’s got two or three really good years left. I hope they give him the help that he needs."

Anthony has a no-trade clause and has hinted strongly that he would like Phil Jackson and the front office to add significant talent to the roster this summer.

Some in the Knicks organization think Anthony would consider waiving his no-trade clause if New York fails to add talent this summer, league sources say.

But Boeheim, who coached Anthony on Syracuse's 2003 national championship team, believes the 31-year-old will stay in the Big Apple.

"He loves New York. He loves being there," the coach said. "He wants to win in New York. I think he should be praised for that, not abused for it."

Boeheim also reiterated that he thinks Anthony should have signed with the Chicago Bulls in the summer of 2014. Anthony seriously considered Chicago, but ultimately signed a five-year, $124 million contract with the Knicks.

"I would have gone to Chicago," Boeheim said. "... I think that was the best chance to win, but he told me that he loves New York, he is loyal to New York and he wants to see a winning team in New York. They have Phil Jackson, who knows what he is doing. I think it’s a very loyal move."

Like most who have paid attention to the club this season, Boeheim believes the Knicks need to upgrade the backcourt in the offseason; he believes the front court of Anthony, Robin Lopez and rookie Kristaps Porzingis has potential.

"He needs a little help," the coach said of Anthony. "Hopefully the Knicks will get that, they’ll be great and everything will be fine in New York."