Carmelo Anthony has put his body on the line night in and night out for the struggling New York Knicks. The franchise had been trying desperately to make moves to convince Melo to stay in New York since he will be a free agent this offseason.
The trade deadline came and went without the Knicks making any deals. Anthony will be a free agent this summer, and has said specifically that he wants to see the team’s future plans before he makes his decision on whether or not to re-sign.
Here is a quote that may draw some controversy when it comes to Carmelo’s decision.
From Marc Berman of the New York Post:
Carmelo Anthony isn’t sure whether the Knicks standing pat at the trade deadline while their competitors improved was the right or wrong thing to do. But he knows not to dwell on it.
“We didn’t make any moves,’’ Anthony said after the latest disastrous loss, a 129-121 double-overtime defeat to the Magic on Friday night. “Should we have or not? That’s not for me to say. We didn’t, we move on. We have the same team and have to move on.’’
In reality, no deal the Knicks would have made at the deadline would have improved the team enough to influence his decision at this point.
Of course he has probably been considering that problem as well. For right now the biggest focus is on what the team will do in the offseason.
Their offseason plans are far more important and beneficial to Melo’s decision. Especially more important than what happened at the deadline that has already passed.