Amar'e: 'Not sure' if Melo will stay

Amar’e Stoudemire knows what it’s like to be a big-name free agent.

So he has an idea of what Carmelo Anthony is about to go through.

And he wants to give his teammate plenty of space to make a sound decision.

“It’s best for us (as teammates) to kind of stay out of his,” Stoudemire says.

Still, Stoudemire, like everyone else in New York, has an opinion on where Anthony may go in free agency this summer.

He thinks Carmelo’s going to remain a Knick, but he’s not 100 percent sure. “My gut feeling is that Carmelo will be staying,” Stoudemire said earlier this week on ESPN Radio’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.” “That's my gut feeling right now today but I'm not totally sure.”

Anthony plans to opt out of the final year of his contract and test free agency this summer.

He can sign a maximum deal worth five years and $129 million with the Knicks. With another team, Anthony can ink a max contract worth four years and $96 million.

The star forward has said that he would take a paycut to re-sign in New York or join another team if it helped that team attract other free agents.

He’s also said that his top priority is to put himself in position to win a title. The Bulls, Lakers, Clippers, Rockets and Mavs are among a group of teams expected to show interest in Anthony.

Anthony won’t be getting any unsolicited advice from Stoudemire this summer.

“I try to let those guys handle what they do,” Stoudemire said. “I try to stay out of it and I focus on what I can do to better the team and I just take it as that ... you don’t want to have too many opinions floating around.”

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, who coached Anthony for one season in college and remains close to him, told SiriusXM NBA Radio that Anthony “loves playing in New York.”

“He’s a guy that can play there, can take the heat. Obviously he wants to win,” Boeheim said. “You want to win, you want to get into that winning situation but it’s not that easy to move and say this is going to be it. It’s very difficult to do that.”

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