“I want to be a free agent,” Carmelo Anthony told the New York Observer prior to the season.
By publicly saying so, Anthony’s impending free agency became a constant and colossal distraction as large as the Empire State Building and simultaneously induced a chain reaction of numerous rumors during the season.
J.R. Smith playfully alluded to the constant media speculation when asked if he would talk to Anthony about his future this summer.
“I’m not going to talk to him at all,” Smith said Tuesday. “He’s got to talk to you all every day about it.”
“Yeah, it’s the talk, it’s the topic any and everywhere I go, on the court, off the court,” Anthony said during his exit interview on Thursday. “Guys want to know what you’re going to do. Guys have their opinions, whether it’s to come play with them or do something else.”
Ironically, the same free agency speculation and drama that once consumed Denver – and ultimately forced the Nuggets to trade Anthony to the Knicks – has resurfaced in New York.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.