NEW YORK, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- During an interview with Bravo TV's Watch What Happens Live, La La Anthony said that her husband, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, will “definitely” re-sign with the team this summer.
"I definitely think he will stay," La La said. "I know that he wants to stay, and I support him wherever he wants to go. Listen, I used to live in Denver with him. If I can live in Denver, I can live anywhere. I just want him to be happy."
The Knicks can offer Anthony a maximum contract of $129 million over five years if he chooses to opt out of his current deal after the season. Anthony has said in the past that he will test free agency this summer even though other teams can only offer him a max deal of $96 million over four years.
One rumored destination for the All Star forward is Los Angeles. Anthony is friends with Lakers star Kobe Bryant and the two could be hoping to team up.
"Well, everybody wants to play in Los Angeles," Bryant said.
"I mean, New York is a beautiful place, don't get me wrong, but it is colder than [expletive] out here. You know, palm trees and beaches obviously are a little more appealing. All jokes aside, I think that players, when that time comes, will have to make the best decision for them and their families. I try not to think about it too much. If he wants to call me for advice later as a friend, I will be more than happy to give it to him."
Given that La La is a star in her own right, LA could make some sense for the celebrity couple. If Carmelo doesn’t end up staying in New York, La La doesn’t want to be held responsible. "I get blamed for everything. No matter what happens, it's my fault," she said. "[There are] all these talks if he's staying in New York or not, [and] I'm somehow the mastermind behind if he stays or not."
Anthony said on Monday that the only thing he cares about is winning an NBA title.
"That's the only thing I care about. Anything else is irrelevant to me when it comes to basketball," he said. "Championship is the only thing that's on my mind, is the only thing I want to accomplish, I want to achieve, and I'm going to do what I got to do to get that. That's my motivating factor. Nothing else even motivates me anymore, just that.”
[New York Daily News] [ESPN]