Does the risk outweigh the reward? That’s what the New York Knicks have to be asking themselves right now regarding Carmelo Anthony.
Right now, in December that answer seems to be yes.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Knicks have no plans of trading Anthony – which is only an option because of the way the Knicks are playing and the fact that Anthony will, more than likely, become a free agent in the summer.
The Knicks are 5-14 so far this season, and haven’t shown any signs of improving or having the ability to turn things around. Heck, they lost to the Boston Celtics by 41 yesterday.
J.R. Smith hasn’t looked anything like himself this season – he had offseason knee surgery. Bringing in Andrea Bargnani was a mistake, Amar’e Stoudemire is literally on his last legs, Tyson Chandler is still hurt and they have a lame-duck head coach in Mike Woodson.
Anthony is having another Carmelo-type season. He’s third in the NBA in scoring, at 25.6 points per game but is only shooting 43.5 percent from the field – which is on the lower end of percentages for him.
Even with all that, the Knicks seem to be confident that they can somehow convince Anthony to sign long-term with New York after this season. I can’t even make an argument for the Knicks, it’s that bad. I just don’t see it.
If I were the Knicks, or an advisor of some sorts, or in the front office I’d legitimately bring up the idea of trading Anthony. I mean, who in their right mind would stay in that situation? And it’s not even like the Knicks have cap relief on the horizon. They won’t have ANY money to spend, really, until the summer of 2015. That means, for Anthony, if he decides to stay, that he’ll have to put up with this dumpster-fire of a roster for another whole season. Is he okay with that? If he is, then it’s all fine and dandy, but I don’t think he is. Otherwise, why would he say that he wants to “test free agency”? I don’t know either.
Even if the Knicks simply trade Melo for picks, that’ll suffice. Since you know the Knicks traded all of theirs away for the craptastic team they have assembled right now. I see it one of two ways: either the Knicks find a time machine, go back in time to never trade for Anthony in the first place, or trade him now. That’s it. Gamble if you want, but you’re going to end up getting burned, New York.
But don’t worry; Knicks fans, your franchise has a few months to come to their senses and realize that it didn’t work. Anthony is a really good player, but he isn’t what we thought he’d be in New York — time for both parties to move on.