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Arron Afflalo Has Carmelo Anthony’s Endorsement

Arron Afflalo signed a two-year, $16 million deal with the New York Knicks this summer, and Afflalo said Carmelo Anthony played a role in getting him to New York, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

Afflalo said he spoke to Anthony this summer and that Melo played a “big part” getting the veteran shooting guard to the Knicks:

“(Anthony’s) a friend of mine so we spoke and that’s as far as it needs to go,” he said. “I’m still a person that can make his own decisions but, no, he’s very happy that I’m here and spoke highly of me when asked. That’s all you can ask for.”

Knicks president Phil Jackson said he didn’t really talk to Anthony during free agency, but that doesn’t mean the Knicks star didn’t put in a good word for Afflalo at some point. Afflalo also may have simply been drawn to New York by the presence of Anthony, who played with Afflalo briefly in Denver.

Afflalo also said he’s worked out with Anthony this summer and that the rehabbing Melo is “enthusiastic” about the upcoming season. There have been some rumblings that Anthony isn’t thrilled with how things have gone this offseason.

In other Knicks news:

Bondy and ESPN New York’s Ian Begley confirmed the deal, which was expected. Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Giannis’s brother, played for the Knicks’ D-League team last season.

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