Oct 30, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the third quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 90-83. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony: Will Melo really retire as a Knick?

New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony didn’t execute very well down the stretch in Thursday night’s loss to the Chicago Bulls, but he gained even more popularity in the Big Apple prior to the game when he stated that “I want to retire in New York.”

While that is good to hear for Knicks’ fans, you have to wonder whether it is a reality or not.

Oct 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) controls the ball against the Charlotte Bobcats during the third quarter of a preseason game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Speculation about Anthony’s impending free agency has run rampant ever since he did an interview with the New York Observer, where he expressed his desire to explore free agency when his contract expires after the 2013-14 season.

That was less than two weeks ago.

I have little doubt that Anthony does want to stay in a Knicks uniform, but I also feel he can be swayed to test the waters after this season.

I give Anthony credit for saying the right things but the reality of the situation is that until he actually signs a long term deal to remain in blue and orange, he has options to explore.

We have seen a complete 180 degree turn in his statements in just a two week span.

That my friends is a building circus that is ready to implode.

We saw the same circus with Dwight Howard and to an extent LeBron James. One can only hope that a similar circus doesn’t happen this season with the Knicks, but it seems like something that is unavoidable.

That is a distraction the Knicks simply don’t need.

Does Anthony’s statements mean he will be a Knick for the rest of his career?

Far from it. Only a signature on a max deal will do the trick.

What it does say is that maybe unlike Howard, he understands the situation better. Anthony is saying the right things and that is half the battle to prevent this thing from blowing up.

Ultimately I do feel he will end up in New York, but it is a long season and anything can happen.

We will see if he changes his tune in another couple of weeks.

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