Ken Berger of CBSSports.com confirmed reports Saturday that Anthony planned to re-sign with New York. From the website announcement:
A few years ago I dreamed of coming back to New York City, the place of my birth, and on February 23, 2011 that became a reality. This organization has supported me and in return, I want to stay and build here with this city and my team. At this pivotal juncture in my career, I owed it to myself and my family to explore all of the options available to me. Through it all, my heart never wavered.
During this journey I met with some quality organizations who have amazing talent and leadership. I thank them for their consideration, belief in my talent, and opportunity to imagine the possibilities.
I will always remember this chapter in my life. In the end, I am a New York Knick at heart. I am looking forward to continue my career in Orange & Blue and to work with Phil Jackson, a champion who builds championship teams. Madison Square Garden is the mecca of basketball and I am surrounded by the greatest fans in the world.
Anthony will reportedly not take the full $129 million max contract, taking a slight paycut.
I'm told Melo will not take the full $129 million from the Knicks. Don't have exact figures but it's north of $122 million— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 12, 2014
So that's roughly a $1.4 million paycut per season over a five-year deal. The deal gives Phil Jackson a superstar to build around... and a massive contract to try and configure the team around.
Anthony is back, after what turned out to be a fairly pointless free agency tour in which he saw teams he would have much better chances of winning a title with. The lure of 'home' matters, as this offseason shows, as does, you know, $122 million dollars.