New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony believes Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant was fully deserving of his new two-year deal, reports the New York Post.
Bryant ended speculation that he could leave the Lakers by signing a new $48million extension on Monday night.
The 35-year-old Lakers superstar remains the NBA's highest paid player, earning significantly more than the likes of Amar'e Stoudemire, Dwight Howard and Anthony.
On the back of Bryant's new deal, Anthony has lavished praise on his USA teammate by stating that he feels the NBA All-Star shooting guard is not yet on the wane.
"Time will tell," Anthony said on Bryant. "I know Kobe personally, how hard he works and his mind-set. Definitely he wants to come back not better than he was before [but] more refreshed, body healed.
"He’s a smart guy. If he wasn’t, he’d be playing by now. He understands the risk of coming back early."
ESPN LA believe Anthony could join up with Bryant at the end of the season if the New York Knicks do not improve their current form.
The 29-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, so could move to the Lakers as a free agent.
Anthony revealed after the Knicks' recent defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers that his side are not having 'fun' on the court.