Carmelo Anthony will return to the Knicks (Report)

By Leighton Schneider,

Carmelo Anthony has reportedly decided to stay with the New York Knicks after originally opting out of his contract and becoming a free agent.

According to the New York Daily News, a source close to Anthony said he will re-sign with the Knicks after going back and forth over the decision.

“He is really torn because this is the biggest decision of his career. But he wants to get it done in New York. He told me he believes in Phil.”

The Knicks can offer Anthony the biggest contract of any NBA team at five years and $129 million, according to Fox Sports.

Anthony has been offered a max deal four-year deal by the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls, another team closely linked to him, would have to do a sign-and-trade so he could get near the max.

The source also told the Daily News that Anthony was waiting to see if the Knicks would make the moves to put together a championship capable team.

Last season, Anthony averaged 27.4 PPG, which was only second to Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant, according to ESPN stats.

Thursday is the first day that free agents can sign contracts with new teams.

image via Jennifer Graylock/INFphoto.com



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