With the New York Knicks currently 3-10 and tied for bottom of the Atlantic Division alongside the other team in New York, the Brooklyn Nets, the question that seemed unthinkable has arisen.
Should the Knicks look to trade Carmelo Anthony and blow up the rest of the roster in the process?
The Knicks have already looked to deal Iman Shumpert and Amar’e Stoudemire this season and with deep free agent classes in 2014 and 2015, it would seem as though blowing up the roster could potentially allow for the Knicks to rebuild and reload with the negative side being the fact that a season of mediocrity would be awaiting them in the process.
I can’t speak for everyone, but I would be fine with a season of below par play if it meant that they would be long term contenders in the East in the NBA with players such as Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love leading the way. The other way for the Knicks to rebuild would be through tanking, the only problem is that the Anthony trade that brought the superstar to New York, meant that the Knicks future was essentially handed to Denver in terms of draft picks.
The same goes for the Andrea Bargnani trade this offseason when the Knicks had to give up three picks in order to get the European big man.
With Anthony and Stoudemire owed $43 million combined it seems as though a deal combining both of them is out of the picture so they would most likely have to be dealt individually.
Finding a suitor for Anthony should not be a problem considering the star caliber player he is, but finding someone to take on the injury prone Stoudemire might pose to be a issue considering the only teams who posses the cap to bring him onto a roster are teams in a rebuilding phase. Bringing on a player such as Stoudemire does not further the development of the said team in a rebuilding phase.
The other option for the Knicks would be to trade Shumpert.
I am completely opposed to this as he is one of the potential stars in the NBA, but it seems as though James Dolan, Steve Mills and co. would rather dispose of the budding star rather than take his development to the next level.
The Knicks could potentially get a good player back for Shumpert as not only is his contract quite small, but its long as well giving teams with patience the chance to develop the two guard into a superstar.
The Knicks should consider blowing up this roster, even though the season is young the roster was never good enough to win a championship in the first place so with the deep free agency classes coming up, there is no point stalling on the current roster.