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Anthony confirms return to Knicks

(SportsNetwork.com) - After days of speculation concerning his future, Carmelo Anthony broke his silence on Sunday, announcing that he will indeed re-sign with the New York Knicks.

Anthony declared his return in a letter posted to the 2012-13 NBA scoring champion's official website.

"A few years ago I dreamed of coming back to New York City, the place of my birth, and on February 23, 2011 that became a reality," the statement read. "[The Knicks] organization has supported me and in return, I want to stay and build here with this city and my team. At this pivotal juncture in my career, I owed it to myself and my family to explore all of the options available to me. Through it all, my heart never wavered.

"During this journey I met with some quality organizations who have amazing talent and leadership. I thank them for their consideration, belief in my talent, and opportunity to imagine the possibilities.

"I will always remember this chapter in my life. In the end, I am a New York Knick at heart."

The New York Daily News, citing a close friend of Anthony with knowledge of his plans, reported Wednesday that the seven-time All-Star had agreed to re-up with the Knicks for a full maximum contract that will pay him $129 million over five years.

Sources also told the Daily News that Anthony turned down a four-year max offer from the Los Angeles Lakers, with the Chicago Bulls also known to have been pursuit of the coveted free agent.

Anthony, who averaged 27.4 points, a career-best 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists while finishing second to league MVP Kevin Durant in the 2013-14 scoring race, also stated his support in new Knicks president Phil Jackson's efforts to rebuild the struggling franchise back into a championship contender.

"I am looking forward to continue my career in Orange & Blue and to work with Phil Jackson, a champion who builds championship teams. Madison Square Garden is the mecca of basketball and I am surrounded by the greatest fans in the world."

After reaching the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2012-13, New York slumped to a 37-45 record this past season that triggered the dismissal of head coach Mike Woodson. Jackson hired recently retired point guard Derek Fisher to take over the position.

In three-plus seasons since joining the Knicks in a 2011 trade with the Denver Nuggets, Anthony has averaged 26.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

07/13 13:09:27 ET

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