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Sunday, October 20, 2013
STAT: Melo will make 'business decision'

By Ian Begley

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Amar'e Stoudemire doesn't know if Carmelo Anthony's going to stay in New York or sign with another team this summer. But he knows that Anthony's decision will be based, in part, on his family and his financial situation.

"We know this league is based upon business decisions, how you feel and how your family feels, and what's best for your family," Stoudemire said. "I'm sure he's well-educated. He knows what it takes, the best opportunity for him and his family. So we'll see how it goes."

Anthony said earlier this week that he intends to opt out of the final year of his contract at the end of the season and test free agency.

Stoudemire doesn't think that Anthony's pending free agency will be a distraction for New York.

"We understand what we're trying to do as a team. We're trying to win a championship. We're trying to improve on what we built on last year," Stoudemire said. "So it shouldn't be a distraction for us as players. We should be okay with it."

Financially speaking, it makes the most sense for Anthony to re-sign with the Knicks.

If he re-signs with the Knicks, Anthony can ink a five-year contract worth $129.1 million.

With another team, the maximum he could earn is $95.9 million over four years, according to calculations by ESPN salary-cap expert Larry Coon. Those numbers are based on the assumption Anthony will sign a max contract.

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