Simply based on the fact that they have to get something for Melo before he leaves as a free agent and without him there won’t be anything to use as a selling point in 2015 when the Knicks are set to have a lot of money to spend.
The general feeling among NBA players and coaches is that Anthony will walk, even if it means leaving $30 million on the table. LeBron James took less money to secure a championship future in Miami and Anthony has already been quoted this season as saying that James was “smart” to make such a move.
Someone will have a hard time convincing me that Anthony will stay as I simply don’t see a reason why he would at this point.
The Knicks 15-26 start to the season is a far cry from the 54-win team of last season and Melo knows it won’t get any better next season. He wants to win a championship and every week he spends in a Knicks jersey he gets further and further away from accomplishing that goal.
Of course everything anyone says and every rumor out there is pure speculation as there is still a half of a season left to be played and we have heard nothing of anything regarding his future come out of Anthony’s mouth.
But not trading him by the deadline is a big roll of the dice from the Knicks.
And the more you roll the dice, eventually you are going to crap out.