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Carmelo Anthony May Test Free Agency, New York Observer Reports

Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Carmelo Anthony may opt out of the final year of his contract to test free agency after the 2013-2014 National Basketball Association season, the New York Knicks forward told the New York Observer.

“I want to be a free agent,” Anthony told the Observer this week in an interview. “Everybody in the NBA dreams to be a free agent at least one time in their career.”

Anthony, 29, has two years remaining on a $67.2 million contract extension he signed when he joined the Knicks in February 2011, according to Baseball Reference.com. He can opt out of the final year of the deal, worth $23.3 million, ESPN reported. Anthony will make his decision at the end of the season, the Observer said.

Anthony, a six-time All-Star, led the Knicks with 28.7 points per game as they won the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division title last season. He also was the team’s leading scorer in the postseason, when New York eliminated the Boston Celtics for its first playoff series win since 2000.

The Knicks begin the regular season Oct. 30 at home against the Milwaukee Bucks.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dex McLuskey in Dallas at dmcluskey@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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