GREENBURGH, N.Y. –- Carmelo Anthony said he has no regrets about not taking a shorter contract now that the NBA has a lucrative new television deal.
The league has re-upped with ESPN and TNT -- a nine-year deal reported to be worth about $24 billion, according to The New York Times -- so salary caps and player contracts should increase in the future.
"I signed my deal. I'm good. The organization is good. We moved forward and everybody is in a good place. So I don't think there's even no need to discuss it." Carmelo Anthony
"I never thought about it," Anthony, speaking after Knicks practice, said about taking a shorter contract. "I never thought about a two-year deal. I didn’t want to have to go back and do what I did this summer, not at all."
Anthony re-signed with the New York Knicks during the summer to a five-year, $124 million deal. The new television contract takes effect starting with the 2016-17 season.
Anthony could have done what LeBron James did: sign a two-year contract so he could become a free agent again in two years and negotiate a more lucrative deal given the changing financial landscape of the NBA due to the new television deal.
Anthony -- who was courted by the Bulls, Rockets, Mavericks and Lakers during free agency -- said he has no desire to go through another free-agency summer anytime soon.
He also said that while he and Phil Jackson considered many different options, a shorter deal was not discussed.
"I signed my deal. I’m good. The organization is good," Anthony said. "We moved forward and everybody is in a good place. So I don’t think there’s even no need to discuss it."
Anthony took roughly $6 million less than the max to help Jackson and the Knicks’ cap space in hopes the franchise can add more talent in the future.
“We’ll keep that internally what we discussed as far as the opportunity and the options of what that $6 million can do,” Anthony said of leaving money on the table to help the Knicks. “So we did it, we moved on, and both parties are happy. It’ll help us out in the future.
“I was happy to do it when the option came on the table. That’s something I thought about extremely hard, a lot of nights. And we figured it out.”
On James' decision to sign a two-year deal with the Cavaliers, Anthony said he did not know what went into his friend’s decision or whether a new television pact factored into his choice.
“I really don’t know,” Anthony said. “We all knew about the TV deal. Everybody who knows a little bit about the business of basketball knows about the TV deal that was coming. So I don’t know if his two-year deal has something to do with the TV deal or not."
Knicks coach Derek Fisher, who served as the NBPA president for seven seasons and was heavily involved in the negotiations for the players' union during the 2011 lockout, thinks this deal is good for the league "as a whole."
"Obviously, each team will benefit in terms of salary-cap space," said Fisher. "So it’s no different for us. I’m sure management feels great about having more flexibility as far as how to build this team up for years to come.
“We knew at some point a big television deal was coming. And now we’re starting to see the impact on the way teams are starting to make decisions over the next several months and over the next year or two.”
Anthony obviously hopes the Knicks will be able to add more help with the salary cap expected to increase in the future.
“To speak on the cap space, it opens it up tremendously,” Anthony said. “I don’t know exactly what the number entails, but I know it gives teams now room to make some moves next year and go from there. I’m pretty sure the front office is looking forward to that. All front offices are looking forward to that deal.”