Knicks reportedly ‘committed’ to moving Carmelo Anthony in offseason
The New York Knicks reportedly have conceded the Carmelo Anthony Era is at its end and intend to move the superstar in the coming offseason.
Reports that Anthony, despite his no-trade clause, may be on his way out of New York have been occurring for seasons now. And speculation grew in intensity leading up to this season’s trade deadline. Despite the flurry of rumors that potentially sent Anthony to multiple teams, nothing of course came to fruition.
The inaction, in an arguable indictment of the Knicks, came absent any stated, long-term direction or plan for the perpetually dysfunctional organization, which leads to the latest reports concerning Anthony’s future.
ESPN’s Ian Begley recently reported that the Knicks appear at long last ready to cut bait and move on from Anthony. The report states the most pressing issue facing the Knicks this offseason is figuring out a way to deal Anthony. And if that is accomplished, the next step is to formulate a plan to build around budding superstar Kristaps Porzingis.
Anthony, meanwhile, has long stated uncertainly not only with the Knicks’ direction but also his assumed role in turning around a team that hasn’t reached the postseason since 2013. An awkward feud with Knicks president Phil Jackson earlier this season certainly hasn’t helped matters, either.
Anthony on Monday spoke at length on yet another disappointing season, one that Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek all but conceded last week will end without a postseason appearance. At 27-43 following Monday’s 114-105 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Knicks sit 12th in the Eastern Conference and seven games out of the eighth seed with 12 games to play.
It’s apparent that Anthony sees the writing on the wall as it relates to this season, and perhaps also recognizes an era is at its end. The Knicks appear to have finally realized things haven’t worked out with Anthony as well and that it’s time to move on.