Carmelo Anthony expects answers from Knicks in exit meeting
With the New York Knicks about to embark on what should be an eventful offseason on several fronts, Carmelo Anthony says he hopes to leave his exit meeting with a much better perspective on what the organization intends to do to improve the team.
“Just an understanding of kind of a plan, a plan of action of what they’re trying to do, what we’re trying to do, what we’re trying to accomplish here,” Anthony said Tuesday, via ESPN’s Ian Begley. “I don’t really have — I think everybody knows my questions that I have. So it’s just a matter of them kind of being transparent with me. We talk. We have an open dialogue, an open conversation, about how we all can get better at this situation moving forward, what I can do to kind of help and kind of fill the holes that we need to fill at this point.”
Anthony is hoping for a transparent meeting and that all parties, which will include Phil Jackson — his uncertain long-term future with the Knicks notwithstanding — general manager Steve Mills, if not others, will be “open and honest about what’s going on.”
Anthony discussed extensively how he envisions several components will come into play regarding how the Knicks approach attracting free agents, hiring its next permanent head coach, whether the team will stick with Jackson’s preferred triangle offense and how everything will come together with hopefully an improved product on the court as the primary goal.
As was the case when he discussed wanting to contribute his input to the Knicks’ coaching decision, Anthony also expressed a strong desire to have a voice in the Knicks’ decisions in free agency, where the team is expected to be active given there is at least $18 million to spend this offseason.
“I want to be a part of that,” he said. “If I’m going to be a part of this organization and the future of this organization, then I want to be a part of the decision-making in some way, shape or form.”
It’s been an extremely difficult and frustrating season for the Knicks and all indications is that it has worn heavily upon Anthony. So much so, in fact, that some members of the Knicks organization believe Anthony has become so frustrated with things, including how the team has once again missed the playoffs by wide margin, that he may reverse course and waive his no-trade clause and explore other options.
Perhaps keeping him heavily involved in the decision-making process concerning the team’s future may temper that desire.