May 18, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) stands on the free throw line against the Indiana Pacers in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers won 106-99. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Should the Knicks lock up Carmelo Anthony now?

The 2013-14 NBA season is going to be very interesting to say the least and it really has nothing to do with what is going to happen on the court as much as it does with what is going to happen off the court.

As much as teams are looking forward to competing for an NBA championship, some teams are looking forward to next offseason even more. That’s because teams with cap room can go after the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and some of the other bigger names in the game.

May 18, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) is defended by Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Needless to say, the New York Knicks won’t be one of those teams.

That begs the question of if the Knicks should look to lock up Carmelo Anthony now?

Anthony can opt out of his contract after this season, which is something he is all but certain to do, and he is already being linked (along with LeBron) to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Those who think that Anthony wouldn’t consider the Lakers are fooling themselves, especially if they could land LeBron as well.

At this point in his career, Anthony needs to win a championship and the easiest way for him to do that could be to join another superstar in a different market.  Knicks management has done very little to surround Anthony with a championship caliber team and he has to wonder if they ever will. Sure the Knicks can offer him an extra year and more money, but if ‘Melo fails to win this year, it’s likely he could look hard at Los Angeles.

That’s why if the Knicks feel Anthony is the player they truly want to build around for the next five years, and that’s a big if right now, they should take the proper steps to try and lock him up now. By doing that, no other teams can get in his ear and attempt to lure him from the Big Apple.

But that doesn’t seem to be the Knicks thinking at all.

“It’s really premature to talk about that,” Knicks GM Glen Grunwald said Tuesday, according to SNY’s Adam Zagoria. “But we obviously love Carmelo. We think he’s great for New York and New York’s great for him.”

First, Knicks management must really evaluate if Anthony is a true superstar and one that can win a championship in New York.

If that decision is yes, then they are playing with fire if they don’t look to sign Anthony to an extension before he gets the opportunity to opt of his deal and test the market.

By not doing so, the longer they wait; it almost leads you to believe that they could have some doubts about Anthony’s ability to lead.

However it’s almost a no-brainer that ‘Melo is the guy they will want to be around. They sacrificed too much to get him to New York and it is hard for me to see them making a decision to let him walk after next season.

That alone is why it makes perfect sense to sign Anthony to an extension before next season.

If you roll the dice enough eventually you are going to crap out. I’d hate to see that happen to this franchise yet again.

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  • daddyrn2mykids

    Lock Carmelo Anthony up? They should for Kevin Garnett’s safety who is being introduced over at Brooklyn.

  • esham

    What’s up guys

  • Richard Rosa-Flores

    Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

  • Joe Kurioo

    You people are idiots melo is not going anywhere. Knicks have all the cap room in the world in 2015. So stop with the Knicks are screwed talk smh

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  • nick

    He’s an Iverson (ballhog) & they have to keep him they traded half the team to get him..Half lmao

  • Crush_Em_All_Shump

    For what hes not going anywhere. They can resign him in 2015.

  • Tobias Downs

    I say no, big FAM of the Knicks and melo but I think that they should let him make that decision when it come. these players now are like big babies it like they wantna play reck or highschool gym basketball where best friends join teams. I wanna make sure he wants to be here and grunfeild stays on his game keeping the Knicks good.

  • Johnathan Jehoshaphat

    Melo is the heart and soul of this Knicks team. He’s from NY and is a true Knicks fan. People are so nieve to think he would leave Ny for an awful lakers team with an old Kobe Bryant and no talent surrounding him.

  • Naveen Maliakkal

    If Carmelo leaves it probably benefits the Knicks in the long-term. You’d have to build the team like 2011 Dallas to win a title with him as the best player and the new CBA makes it near impossible to compile such a depth of talent. I could go into a much more detailed explanation, but I don’t want to take up too much space. Here is a more detailed explanation of my thoughts. Comment on KnickerBlogger though…don’t want to take any traffic from this site.

  • Big Blue

    Cam room? Not next year. If Melo is the player the Knicks want to continue to build around then offering him a very lucrative extension would show immediately if his heart is truly in NY or just where the $$$ is and the “manufactured titles”

    Like the Yankees in baseball, their past few Titles were completely purchased as was the Marlins……twice. I do not acknowledge EITHER Heat title as a TRUE title building from the draft and piecing together complementary players, not 3 guys picking a team to all sign with to make a virtual All-Star team. If James and Melo did that in LA, I would consider that team exactly the same as Miami.

    The only title teams I truly respect are the Spurs and Celtics, as Boston only grabbed Ray Allen, they had KG for a while and Pierce was always a Celtic.

    So any Heat or Nets title is a joke, especially the latter as EVERYONE knows that Kirilenko is getting rubles under the table in a Russian bank account under some other name somewhere.

    I respect Indy, Chicago, and New York as they are not taking shortcuts or simply breaking the rules as in the Nets, and BUILDING a team. A team that gets incrementally better each year is obviously a franchise BUILDING A CHAMPION, not BUYING ONE. If Lebron, Bosh and Wade or Paul decided to go to the Raptors, they would be hanging a title banner in Canada.

    Its a f’ing joke.