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New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has revealed that he has no plans to go through free agency again as he commits to the franchise for the rest of his career.
Earlier this summer, the 30-year-old visited the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers as he considered his options moving forward.
However, despite the appeal of immediately challenging for an NBA championship with the Bulls in particular, he opted to remain in New York and work with team president Phil Jackson as they look to build a competitive roster in the coming years.
Anthony insists that the stress of free agency is not something that he wants to go through again and he is now looking forward to getting back to work with the Knicks.
“I plan on ending my career here so it wasn’t for me to go out there and try to strike a two-year deal and then have to go through this situation in two years,” he said, ESPN reports.
“I’m not doing that [free agency] ever again. I would never do that again. But I did it and I experienced it and it’s behind me now.”
Having signed a five-year deal with no early termination option, Anthony is tied to the Knicks until the 2018-19 season and it remains to be seen whether or not the organisation can transform themselves into a legitimate championship contender.
After pushing to join the Knicks back when he was with the Denver Nuggets, it doesn’t appear that Anthony is too keen on leaving the market behind and revealed this week that his business interests in the city were also a factor in his decision to stay.
While there is still a possibility of Anthony facing free agency again before he retires, it is widely accepted that he will do everything possible to ensure he remains a Knick for life.