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Anthony: Family Will Be Important Factor In Free Agency Decision

Carmelo Anthony. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

(CBS New York) Carmelo Anthony won’t just be taking his career into consideration in free agency.

The superstar forward, who has opted out of his contract with the New York Knicks, says his family’sneeds will come into play, too.

“The average person just sees the opportunity to say, ‘Melo should go here, Melo should go there,’” Anthony said in a video interview with VICE Sports. “But they don’t take into consideration the family aspect of it, your livelihood, where you’re going to be living. Do you want your kids to grow up in that place? Do I want to spend the rest of my career in that situation, in that city?”

Anthony spoke of his son, Kiyan, and the challenges of transitioning to a new city.

“My son goes to school and loves it here (in New York). To take him out and take him somewhere else, he would have to learn that system all over again,” he said. “I know how hard it was for me when I moved from New York to Baltimore at a young age, having to work your way to try to make new friends and fit in and figure out the culture in that area.”

If Anthony does choose to leave the Knicks, the Bulls have been reported to be a front-runner, along with the Rockets, to land his services. Teams can start negotiating with Anthony on July 1.

Anthony averaged 27.4 points and 8.1 rebounds last season.

Watch the full VICE Sports interview with Anthony below.