Carmelo Anthony is staying with the New York Knicks, he announced Sunday.
He explained that he owed it to himself to explore all his options as a free agent, and thanked the teams he met with for their interest.
The Knicks can pay the All-Star forward nearly $130 million over five years, though Anthony has said he would be open to taking less than the maximum salary if it would help build a winning team. He did that, according to team president Phil Jackson, though contract terms were not disclosed.
“He did exactly what we kind of asked him to do: give us a break in the early part of his contract so that when we have some wiggle room next year … we can exploit it, provide a more competitive team for our group,” Jackson said.
In other league news:
• Jeremy Lin joined the Lakers in a trade with the Houston Rockets, who also gave up first- and second-round draft picks in 2015 for the rights to European center Sergei Lishchuk.
• Free-agent forward Luol Deng agreed to a $20 million, two-year deal with the Miami Heat, said Herb Rudoy, one of Deng’s agents.
• Chandler Parsons is going to the Dallas Mavericks after the Rockets decided not to match the restricted free agent’s three-year offer sheet worth more than $45 million. Parsons will be in the Dallas frontcourt with Dirk Nowitzki and recently reacquired Tyson Chandler after playing his first three NBA seasons with the Rockets.
• A person familiar with the contract says free-agent point guard Brian Roberts has agreed to a $5.5 million, two-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets.
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