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Opening Tip: Worried Melo may leave?

Knicks fans have had reason to fear Carmelo Anthony opting out at the end of the season.

Wednesday, they had even more reason to worry. Anthony told the New York Observer he would like to become a free agent and experience everything it entails.

Anthony has been close to the vest about his plans regarding whether he'll opt out, but this quote certainly gives off the impression that option is very much in play for the perennial All-Star.

The frightening part for the Knicks, and their fans, is Anthony opting out would give every team in basketball the chance to lure Anthony. And while Anthony can make more money staying in New York, free agency can be unpredictable. All it takes is one great sales pitch and a franchise can be changed for forever. Just ask the Cavaliers.

If there's anything positive Knicks fans can take out of Anthony's comment, it's that he doesn't talk about looking to leave. He only mentions the free-agent experience. He could always become a free agent and re-sign with the Knicks for more years and money.

Earlier this week, Anthony said he didn't want to talk about his contract. Well, after his comments, you can be sure that he's going to be asked about what he plans to do this offseason.

UP NOW: Here's analysis from Ian Begley about Anthony's comments. ... In other Anthony news, he's excited to play in Baltimore on Thursday. ... Anthony and head coach Mike Woodson do not agree with ESPN.com's prediction of 37 wins. ... Metta World Peace turned his ankle Thursday but is OK. ... Bovada set the Knicks over/under wins total at 49 1/2.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks will play their fourth preseason game on Thursday night at 7 p.m. against the Wizards at Baltimore Arena.

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