A report came out via Hoopsworld’s Steve Kyler, stating that the New York Knicks are stet to let Carmelo Anthony “pull a Dwyane Wade”.
On the Anthony front, there is a chance he looks at greener pastures in 2014, but sources close to the process say the Knicks have already let Anthony know that their books will be basically clear in 2015 and he can pick his teammates much as Wade did in Miami.
With the New York market behind him and the almost unlimited checkbook of the Knicks, Anthony will have a lot of options in 2015 and while teams like the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers might be tempting in 2014, Anthony has a lot of influence in New York and they are willing to let him build his own team in NYC in 2015.
Here are the facts.
The Knicks have no guaranteed money on the books going into that season (2015). The contracts of Amar’e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Bargnani, and Anthony all expire at the end of the 2014 season. Smith and Raymond Felton have player options. Shumpert and C.J. Leslie are due qualifying offers. The team holds an option on Tim Hardaway, Jr. And Pablo Prigioni’s salary is not guaranteed that season.
In other words, they have money to spend. A lot.
Now let’s take a look at the 2015 free agent class: Anthony, LaMarcus Aldridge, Andrew Bynum, Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan, Tony Parker, Zach Randolph and Rajon Rondo could all be unrestricted free agents that summer.
It’s not as glamorous as the free agent class of ’14 (Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Paul Pierce, Andrew Bogut, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, etc), but it does have potential for the Knicks.
Then, this came out. It will only add fuel to the fire.