Despite the New York Knicks mini three-game win streak, the team still sits 3.5 games out of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. But the Knicks may have larger issues to face besides missing the playoffs this season. Star player Carmelo Anthony has stated that he will test the free agent market this season and rumors have been nonstop since Melo’s preseason proclamation. However, if the Knicks were to lose Anthony, one anonymous general manager believes this would be a good thing.
“I really think if Carmelo left them, he may be doing them a favor,” said the ex-GM, who has no ties to the Knicks. “They probably don’t see it that way. But in the long run, it’s probably doing them a favor.”
The theory behind the GM’s comments is that the Knicks would be able to reload after the 2014-2015 NBA season. The Knicks would be armed with a boatload of cap space and their 2015 first round pick. In addition, the Knicks play in New York City, which is a coveted place to play for any free agent.
“New York is the greatest city in the world and the Garden is the best place to play basketball,” he said. “Guys want to go to play in New York. It’s going to hurt for a little bit. But if you have cap space, it’s not going to be that hard to get a good player to come to New York.”
The anonymous GM has a point, but could the Knicks sell their fan base on another rebuilding year with the hopes of having a high draft pick and money to go after free agents? Or have Carmelo Anthony on a max contract on the wrong side of 30? These questions will probably be contingent on how the Knicks finish out this season. Stay tuned…