Carmelo Anthony will return to the New York Knicks in a surprising move that was finalized on Wednesday.
Anthony will announce his intention to stay in New York on Thursday.
“He is really torn because this is the biggest decision of his career. But he wants to get it done in New York,” a friend who is with Anthony in Los Angeles told the New York Daily News.
“He told me he believes in Phil.”
Anthony had reportedly been deciding between returning to the Knicks and going to the Los Angeles Lakers or Chicago Bulls.
He had other suitors, including the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks, but those options soon fell by the wayside.
Anthony had opted out of his contract with the Knicks to explore free agency.
But new team president Phil Jackson was able to convince the star to stay in New York. Jackson has already made or is working on several deals and will have a big opportunity next summer to fully reshape the roster to his liking.
Jackson also hired Derek Fisher as the coach.
The Knicks have offered Anthony a max contract worth $129 million over five years.