It’s safe to say that the New York Knicks immediate future will depend on Carmelo Anthony’s impending free agency decision.
If Carmelo decides to re-sign with the Knicks, then all is well and the Knicks will continue to try and “reload” for next season and so on after that. However, if he doesn’t re-sign, that’s when it really starts to get interesting for the Knicks.
So much that even Knicks center, who was once thought of the team’s defensive cornerstone, is starting to question himself and the Knicks immediate future, as Chandler told the New York Post.
“That’s something I have to visit during the offseason,’’ Chandler said. “We’re all going to have a lot of decisions to make.’’
With his contract expiring in 2015, the Knicks could shop Chandler for draft picks and another asset. Chandler eagerly signed a free-agent four-year, $65 million contract in 2011, thinking he had a chance to win a second title.
But he’s getting beyond frustrated as the Knicks are close to playing out the string.
“For me, it’s important regardless [to finish out strong],’’ Chandler said. “I got a lot more pride than this, coming in night in, night out losing, and not putting forth the type of effort it takes to win. At this stage of my career and what I’ve established, I refuse to let it put a blemish on it.’’
Obviously, this isn’t Chandler’s first rodeo. He knows exactly what’s happening right now for the Knicks. He knows that they’re at that point of no return — literally. Chandler is feeling what Carmelo is beginning to feel, and what Knicks fans have felt for the past few years. This isn’t something special. At any point, did Knicks fans honestly, and genuinely, think that they had a championship caliber built squad? Maybe the delusional ones, but not the educated ones.
The Knicks were never on the Heat’s level. They were never on the Derrick Rose-led Chicago Bulls level, and certainly not on Indiana’s level. The Knicks were false hope.
They did good by acquiring Carmelo (depending on who you ask), but apart from that, there’s really nothing the Knicks can show for the past three seasons.
The fact of the matter is that this offseason can go a number of ways for the Knicks. But it all starts and ends with Carmelo. He can start a ripple effect that will leave New York in the place of no return. And that very well could happen. But he can also give the Knicks hope, if he re-signs.
Chandler is leaving the door open, much like Carmelo has done such a great job of with his recent comments regarding free agency. My gut is telling me that Chandler’s recent comments are his senses telling him that the Knicks could be getting to that point of no return, and if they do get there, he wants to get to that point too.