Today Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony made a statement to the media which should indicate to Knicks fans that he is on his way out of New York:
Carmelo Anthony says he wants to return to New York but doesn’t know if he can afford another season of losing. » pic.twitter.com/feTwOt50Mn
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 17, 2014
There’s just no way I can see the Knicks being a winning franchise next year. If Anthony is retained by the team there is no way the Knicks will have the salary cap space to bring in another star quality player, exactly the type of impact player the Knicks would need to obtain to make them a winning team. If he returns to New York there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but he would have to endure one more season of losing, but only one.
After next season the Knicks will be able to shed the tremendous contracts of both Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani, which would allow the Knicks to go out in free agency in the summer of 2015 and spend money on at least one max contract player to play alongside Anthony. Pairing Anthony with the likes of Kevin Love or Rajon Rondo, or both, would certainly elevate the Knicks into legitimate contention.
However, Anthony said he can not take another season of losing, which means he is going to be opting out of his current contract with the Knicks and testing free agency this summer. It has been rumored that Anthony would sign with the Chicago Bulls if he became a free agent, where he would play alongside former MVP Derrick Rose and star big man Joakim Noah, certainly a situation which presents a greater chance for winning next season than staying in New York to play for the Knicks.
If he is serious about his desire to win then there is no reason for Carmelo to stay. That’s a tough pill for Knicks fans to swallow, but it is the truth. He would have a much better chance of winning a championship next season outside of New York.
I believe Carmelo when he says he can’t take another losing season, which is why I see him playing elsewhere in the near future.