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Reports: Carmelo Anthony still intends to opt out of Knicks contract

06.13.14 at 1:49 pm ET

Carmelo Anthony still plans to test free agency this summer despite efforts from the Knicks to keep him under contract for the 2014-15 season, according to the New York Daily News.

The Daily News wrote that Anthony will opt out of his contract on July 1 and become an unrestricted free agent “barring a dramatic change of heart.”

Knicks president Phil Jackson is trying to convince Anthony to exercise his $23.3 million player option and postpone free agency until next summer, which would give New York the flexibility to add a top-level free agent. Anthony has until June 23 to inform the Knicks of his intention to opt out.

ESPN reported that the Bulls, Rockets and Mavericks are all teams Anthony would consider.

Another team Anthony could possibly join is the Heat. Miami is reportedly interested in adding Anthony to its Big Three, but it would require all players, including Anthony, to take a significant pay cut.

Anthony responded to the Miami reports Thursday night when he was videotaped by TMZ as he was leaving a restaurant where he reportedly met with Jackson, coach Derek Fisher and general manager Steve Mills. When asked about the rumors regarding his interest in joining the Heat, Anthony said, “Nothing is legit until a deal is signed.”

Anthony would earn the most money if he re-signed with the Knicks, who could give him a five-year deal worth $129,135,806. If he signs with another team, the most he can make is $95,897,372.

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