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Anthony’s decision will impact bottom line

Forward Carmelo Anthony — second in the league in scoring average at 27.4 points for the 2013-14 season — will soon be making a choice on whether he is willing to sacrifice salary to be part of a winning team.

If Anthony does nothing with his contract, and thus chooses to stay with the New York Knicks for the 2014-15 season, he will earn $23.3 million. If he opts out and signs a maximum contract with the Knicks, he can earn about $129 million over five seasons, depending on the final salary-cap ceiling.

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If the 30-year-old Anthony signs a maximum contract with a team other than the Knicks, he can get up to $95 million over four years.

If he gives up his rights to re-sign with the Knicks, and wants to form a Big Four in Miami with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, it is hard to envision a way in which he could earn more than $58.8 million over four seasons.

It is that financial reality that has Miami Heat President Pat Riley calling the idea of obtaining Anthony a “pipe dream” — even if he did not specifically use Anthony’s name.

A key issue is how much Anthony values winning. The Knicks seem unlikely to contend next season, and Anthony will be voting with his own money if he chooses to walk away from the rebuilding franchise.


Panthers hire Gallant

Gerard Gallant and Jonathan Huberdeau had a successful coach-player relationship at the top level of junior hockey.

The Florida Panthers hope they will again in the NHL.

Gallant was hired to coach the Panthers, a move that reunites him with Huberdeau, a young forward who is considered one of the franchise’s biggest keys to rebuilding.

Gallant, 50, replaces Peter Horachek, who had the interim title for most of last season after replacing Kevin Dineen.

Gallant coached the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2003 until being fired in November 2006 and had a 56-81-10 record. He spent the past two seasons as a Montreal Canadiens assistant coach.

“He is an individual with tremendous character, integrity and a strong passion for the game and has experience as an NHL head coach,” Florida general manager Dale Tallon said in a news release.


Players win first titles

Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain and CoCo Vandeweghe of the United States won their first career singles titles at the Topshelf Open in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

Third-seeded Bautista Agut recovered from a shaky start to beat Benjamin Becker of Germany 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 in the men’s final.

Vandeweghe, 22, beat Zheng Jie of China 6-2, 6-4 for the women’s title on a grass surface.

Keys, Lopez triumph

American Madison Keys earned her first career WTA Tour title by beating Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 in the women’s final of the Aegon International in Eastbourne, England.

The victories by Keys, a 19-year-old who wasn’t seeded, and Vandeweghe marked the first time two U.S. women won singles titles in the same week since 2002.

Feliciano Lopez of Spain completed a successful Aegon grass-court title defense when he beat top-seeded Richard Gasquet of France 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5.


• Colombian cyclist Johan Chaves of the Orica GreenEdge team won the mountainous eighth stage of the Tour de Suisse as German Tony Martin of the Omega Pharma — Quick-Step team extended his lead entering Sunday’s final stage.

Martin is 51 seconds ahead of second-place Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands. Dumoulin competes for Giant-Shimano.

• In swimming, Elizabeth Beisel won the 400-meter individual medley and the 200 backstroke at the Santa Clara Grand Prix in California.

Michael Phelps, the 18-time Olympic champion racing in his third meet since coming out of retirement, finished second to Yannick Agnel in the 200 freestyle.

• Welterweight Robert Guerrero returned from a 13-month ring absence with a unanimous decision over Yoshihiro Kamegai in a slugfest in Carson, Calif.

Guerrero (32-2-1) hadn’t fought since losing to unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May 2013. Kamegai dropped to 24-2-1.

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