“I want to be a free agent,” Carmelo Anthony said in a new interview with the New York Observer.

“I think everybody in the NBA dreams to be a free agent at least one time in their career,” Anthony said. “It’s like you have an evaluation period, you know. It’s like if I’m in the gym and I have all the coaches, all the owners, all the GMs come into the gym and just evaluate everything I do.   So yes, I want that experience.”

Carmelo Anthony has two years left on his contract, but can opt out of the final season.  If he does opt out, the Knicks can offer him more money than any other team (five years and $129 million in New York versus four years and $95 million elsewhere).

Melo can say what he wants and the timing of his comments probably aren’t in his best interest.  There is no doubt he will be relentlessly  asked questions night in and night out about free agency now, something Melo is all too familiar with from his last year and days as a Denver Nugget during the 2010-2011 NBA season.  Melo was evidently irked by all the nightly questions about his upcoming status as a free agent at that time.   Bottom line is the Knicks can and will offer him more money and so he will end up re-signing.  In baseball, a sport with no salary cap, this makes sense.   However, in basketball, the Knicks will be able to pay him the most money rendering free agency pointless.  Unless he sees a clear path to a championship somewhere else, and takes his talents there(See Lebron James)  ,he’ll stick with the Knicks who can pay him $34 million more than any other NBA team.  So, to all Knicks fans out there, please take a collective breathe.  Melo will be calling the “World’s Most Famous Arena” home, for years to come.

Javier Moyano