From Ian Begley:
Despite efforts from New York Knicks president Phil Jackson to convince him to remain under contract, forward Carmelo Anthony hasn’t changed his mind and plans to opt out of his contract and test free agency this summer, according to a league source familiar with the situation.
Sources told ESPN.com earlier this week that Jackson is continuing to urge Anthony to exercise next season’s $23.3 million player option and put off unrestricted free agency for one more year. Anthony, according to sources, has until June 23 to inform the Knicks if he plans to opt out of his contract.
This obviously does not come as a surprise, but at the same time, there was some slight hope that Phil Jackson might be able to work some magic and get Melo to change his mind.
I don’t think that this necessarily means anything other than Melo doesn’t want to risk injury and wants to lock in a new longterm deal as soon as he can, but I suppose we shall soon see if this will lead to Melo departing the Knicks.