The New York Knicks are in a bit of a dilemma. Well, when aren’t they?
Seeing that the New York Knicks will be going nowhere in the postseason with the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers holding the crown of the Eastern Conference for the next five years, trading Carmelo Anthony is a more than plausible scenario that can occur.
It’s sort of hard for me to choose one side. The Knicks won 54 games during the 2012-2013 accompanied by a top five offense. I thought it was Carmelo’s best season of his career and displayed what he needs to have surrounding him to maximize his ability.
- Three point shooting. Three point shooting. Not just three point shooting, but elite three point shooting. Steve Novak, Chris Copeland and Jason Kidd(he was bad at end of the season) all shot the lights out.
- A healthy Tyson Chandler or any net positive center that can defend pick-and-rolls and the rim, minimizing ‘Melo’s deficiencies.
- Playing him at power forward so he can blow by bigger defenders, bully smaller ones and maximize floor spacing.
However, the Knicks will be capped out if they do re-sign Carmelo Anthony this July, giving them little wiggle room to surround the mega-star with complementary talent. And if they want to surround him with the proper talent Dolan and co.(Gulps) will have to trade young talent(Shumpert, Hardaway J.R., Murry,) or give up MORE draft picks.
Smart teams that want to contend are not carrying out these plans. There are more positives in trading Carmelo Anthony for young assets or future picks. There are more positives being under the tax threshold. There are more positives having cap space to lure quality free agents.
But it comes down to this: What team is eager to trade super valuable assets like a Eric Bledsoe type, or multiple first round picks for a player who is commanding a 5 year, 130 million contract after this season? And in his final deal he will be 35 years old. Who knows if he’ll be worth that contract by time he hits that age.
Anyhow, this the Knicks we are talking about. There is not much evidence that they can conduct a smart overview of the situation regarding Carmelo Anthony’s free agency. We have seen the past contract debacles.
Bottom line: The Knicks need to begin planning for the future rather than playing the present, for once.