Deadlines loom for Knicks

The coming week is filled with deadlines for the New York Knicks.

The big one, of course, is Monday's buzzer for Carmelo Anthony to inform the Knicks, once and for all, whether he is opting to become a free agent on July 1 or play out the final season of his contract at $23.3 million.

New Knicks president Phil Jackson has been lobbying Anthony for weeks to opt in and give him more time to retool the roster, but the expectation throughout the league remains that Anthony will head to the open market to test free agency.

There is no such mystery, though, when it comes to veteran forwards Amar'e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani.

Stoudemire and Bargnani have Tuesday and Wednesday deadlines in their contracts, respectively, to let the Knicks know whether they plan to play out their contracts or opt for free agency. Sources say both players have already made it known to the Knicks that, as expected, they intend to stay right where they are.

Stoudemire is due to earn $23.4 million in 2014-15; Bargnani is owed $11.5 million.

After injuries caused him to miss 70 games over the past two seasons, Stoudemire has vowed to train as much as he can this summer to try to re-establish himself as a productive player after showing flashes of his old offensive touch when he did play.