In a question and answer session at his annual basketball camp earlier today, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony acknowledged that the "window is closing" on his shot at a championship, according to ESPNNY.com's Ian Begley.
The 10-year veteran's words were telling and unexpected, considering Anthony is still in the prime of his career, only 29 years old, and could be entering the last season of his current contract in New York.
Next summer Anthony will face the option of opting out of his current deal and signing with another team, or re-signing with the Knicks. Should Anthony opt out and re-sign with New York, he's eligible for a five-year, $129MM deal. With another team he could only sign for $95MM over four years, a difference of roughly $33.2MM.
While speaking with his campers, Anthony also said he was in peak shape, even better than last summer when he played in the Olympic games. He also indicated that his shoulder was feeling much better after tearing it in the playoffs. Anthony is coming off a season in which he won the first scoring title of his career, averaging 28.7PPG.