Current New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony has dominated the headlines all season, mostly for the wrong reasons, as his pending free agency became the topic du jour throughout a disappointing New York Knicks season.
That’s a Knicks season that likely could have been his last one in blue and orange.
According to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, ‘Melo is seriously considering leaving the Knicks in pursuit of immediate championship.
Wojnarowski also notes that Anthony is awaiting the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls, both who have been linked to ‘Melo almost all season, to clear the necessary salary cap space before making a decision.
As re-signing with the Knicks continues to fade as his priority, Chicago and Houston have emerged as the clear frontrunners to acquire Anthony, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Anthony’s meeting with Knicks officials on Friday night had little impact on his state of mind, league sources said, because there remain too many uncertainties about how quickly president Phil Jackson can reshape the team into a championship contender.
Chicago and Houston front-office executives are working diligently on contingencies to clear the space to sign Anthony outright – or engage sign-and-trade scenarios with New York, sources said.
He also notes that Knicks team president Phil Jackson has seriously turned off Anthony with his desire that ‘Melo take less money to remain with the Knicks.
Anthony has said he would take less than a max deal, but not the pay cut the Knicks are proposing and he doesn’t want to take less for hypothetical signings in 2015 or ’16, as New York wants him to do, sources said.
All along I have stated that a return to New York makes very little sense for Anthony, especially for a guy desperate to win.
The only way he would return to the Knicks would be for a max deal, something the Knicks won’t offer. Even if they did his reputation would take even a bigger hit as a player who sacrificed winning for the money.
That wasn’t going to happen.
While nothing is certainly official, all signs point to Anthony having already played his last game as a Knick.
Ultimately it was inevitable.
If it does happen, it now makes sense for Jackson to really blow the whole thing up and start over.