With all of the rumors that New York Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson will be fired prior to the February 20 trade deadline, you also have to wonder exactly what owner James Dolan and general manager Steve Mills will do to either attempt to improve or dismantle this current underachieving Knicks team.
By all indications, the Knicks will look to make a huge splash at the deadline.
Whether they can pull something big off though is another story altogether.
According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the Knicks “have decided to think big” as the deadline approaches, and believe that the Celtics‘ point guard Rajon Rondo is more available than Boston general manager Danny Ainge is letting on.
Amick also notes that trading Carmelo Anthony is not being given serious consideration, despite all the speculation surrounding his willingness to re-sign this summer.
In addition, Basketball Insiders’ Bill Ingram weeds through the statements about Melo wanting to leave and points out that he wants to win in New York.
That alone has the Knicks’ font office trying to land a star in order to convince Anthony to re-sign with the franchise after this season.
We have the New York Knicks working the phones in an attempt to add another star-caliber player alongside Carmelo Anthony. As much as the media loves to talk about the Knicks dealing Anthony himself, that just isn’t very likely to happen. Anthony wanted to be in New York, which is why the Nuggets worked to send him there in the first place, and his feelings about that haven’t changed.
It will be very interesting to see what Dolan and Mills have up their sleeve in the next 11 days.
While they may want to make a splashy deal, their well-documented lack of trade assets will likely prevent them from doing so.