Ever since the New York Knicks acquired Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets a few years ago, they knew this day would come — the day that Carmelo Anthony could simply walk out of their lives with nothing to show for it.
But the risk was worth it, assuming that the alternative outcome would be signing a second “big name” free agent in the summer of 2015, restoring the Knicks back to relevancy in the NBA. However, there was always the concern that Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks wouldn’t make it until 2015 together.
And now we’re here.
Ironically, the Knicks pitch hasn’t changed. They’re still trying to get Carmelo Anthony to opt-in so they could make it to that summer of milk and honey — or of LeBron James and Kevin Love (among others).
Though, Carmelo Anthony’s patience may be wearing thin. He has the opportunity to be proactive in his desire to win a Championship now. He’s been waiting on the Knicks for a while now. Perhaps a little too long.
Knicks President Phil Jackson is keeping their stance the same — hope Carmelo Anthony opts-in, then sign a big free agent in 2015. The ball is in Melo’s court now.
Jackson’s pitch to Carmelo Anthony — which sources say he has delivered more than once over the past month — is founded upon the notion that the Knicks will have increased financial flexibility in the summer of 2015 to bring in a marquee free agent to pair with a re-signed Anthony.
Miami’s LeBron James, provided he also decides to opt in later this month and put off free agency for a year, is the target the Knicks are telling Anthony they intend to pursue in the summer of 2015.
If the Knicks can get to the Summer of ’15 with Carmelo Anthony, you have to give them at least a reasonable shot at signing another “big name” superstar. However, that was never an issue.
The issue was always, will they make it to the summer of ’15 with Carmelo Anthony?
And right now, that’s not a given.