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Carmelo Anthony will not leave the Knicks

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The NBA Draft is next week. Once the lottery picks are swooped up inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the business of basketball really picks up the following week when free agency begins the first of July.

New York Knicks fans should not worry. Carmelo Anthony is not going anywhere. Yes, he's already said he's going to opt out on June 23 and officially become a free agent. That's his right. He earned it and every athlete should take advantage of the opportunity to choose where they want to play. No problem. But the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement will make it hard for Melo to go to Chicago to join Derrick Rose, or take his talents to South Beach to change the Big Three to the Core Four. Dwight Howardhttp://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/rockets/2014/06/17/dwight-howard-rockets-free-agents-lebron-james-carmelo-anthony/10714707/ can pine to USA Today for Anthony to think about Houston all he wants.

Anthony is staying on Broadway and No. 7 will headline the Knicks opening act at the Garden for the 2014 season for one reason, and one reason only, money. Back in the mid-'90s Craig Mack rapped it best; it's all about the CREAM. Cash Rules Everything Around Me.

Anthony will travel to a couple of cities, maybe Chicago and Houston, to hear what they have to say and enjoy the courtship. But when it comes down to signing on the dotted line, the businessman replaces the basketball player. The Knicks can offer a five-year, $129 million deal. The most Anthony can get from another team is $95 million. Do the math, please. $129M vs. $95M. That's all that really needs to be said.

Want more reasons?

How about one; LaLahttp://nypost.com/2014/01/27/here-to-stay-la-la-says-title-hungry-melo-will-remain-in-ny/ is not letting her man walk away from $35 million.

Would you?

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