Carmelo doesn’t want to be the next Marbury; three teams on his shortlist for FA

  • Jason Whitney

Melo doesn’t want to be the next Marbury and could leave

30 games into the 2013-2014 NBA season and the New York Knicks continue to be a disaster. And a nationally televised game on Christmas may have helped cement a decision for Knicks star, Carmelo Anthony. While the Knicks were getting blowout by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Stephon Marbury, a former Knicks player and pariah, was being heckled a few rows back from the Knicks bench. Melo not only witnessed this, but also decided that he does not want that to eventually happen to him.

Via New York Post:

On Christmas, Stephon Marbury sat four rows behind the Knicks’ bench — his first visit to the Garden in three years.

“He saw Marbury get heckled by some fans on Christmas,’’ one source told The Post. “He doesn’t want to be the next Marbury. He’s very sensitive.”

Anthony doesn’t want to be a poster boy if the Knicks spiral into a losing era, and it could influence his thinking when he makes his decision come July. Though still undecided, there’s part of him that may want to bail if he thinks the Knicks’ ship completely sinks. He does not want to be the scapegoat.

It can be ruthless playing in New York City, so it’s understandable to think Melo could bolt New York if the team continues to play like they are this season. And if Anthony leaves there are three teams said to be on his shortlist of possible destinations for the former NBA leading scorer.

Anthony wants to play for a winner, but desperately wants to play in a big market because of his business ventures — his Jordan Brand sneaker line, his PowerCoco energy drink, his watch deal.

That is why New York, Los Angeles, where he has a home, and even Chicago are on his short list, according to a source. The source said the Clippers — with buddy Chris Paul — are more attractive than the Lakers, though the purple-and-gold have cap space and the Clips don’t.

The Clippers would need to do a sign-and-trade to net Anthony, likely with Blake Griffin. The Knicks only would appease Anthony if a threat existed of losing him for nothing to a team with cap space.

The Bulls would intrigue Anthony, too, because he has a lot of respect for coach Tom Thibodeau, according to a source.

There is still 50 plus games left of this season to get things together for New York. With many of the Knicks’ key players being injured this season, it’s reasonable to think Melo and his teammates can still turn it around this year. Couple this with the Eastern Conference’s ineptitude, and it’s still reasonable to think the Knicks can not only make the playoffs, but also win the Atlantic division. However, with the rate of losses piling up for the Knicks, I wouldn’t bet on it.

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