It’s gotten bad for the New York Knicks, but Carmelo Anthony seems prepared to stick it out unless the Cavaliers or Clippers come calling.
The Knicks, who are coming off a victory over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday by a final of 104-89, are 18-22 on the year and just two games back of the eighth playoff seed. Despite their not-so-great record, some tempers are reaching their boiling points, and that includes Anthony.
He’s been noticeably more animated and not in a good way. Melo was publically upset following their loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, and he even got thrown out of a game against the Atlanta Hawks for swinging at Thabo Sefolosha.
On paper, New York was expected to challenge for a middle playoff seed. They acquired Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah in the offseason, and Kristaps Porzingis was going to be one of the leaders of the team. As the new bodies were assimilating and forming chemistry, Melo would be the one consistent option until everyone gelled.
After this season, Anthony will have two years left on his contract with 2018-19 having an early termination option.
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There are conflicting reports on Melo’s future with the Knicks. On one side, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders said Anthony isn’t going to waive his NTC no matter what happens. The other rumor comes from Charley Rosen of FanRagSports.com, and he stated that Melo would only accept a trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers or Los Angeles Clippers.
Rosen’s report can’t just be swept under the rug since he, arguably, has the best relationship with Phil Jackson out of everyone in the media.
Melo’s having a good year compared to the rest of the league, but a down one for his standards. He’s shooting just 42.5 percent from the field and scoring 22.1 points a night, and his PER is under 20 for the first time since 2008-09 when he was with the Denver Nuggets.
Whether they trade him or not, one thing is certain. Once the Knicks decide to move on from Anthony, Porzingis becomes the face of the franchise, and it would be the best time for them to start considering a rebuild.
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