Monday, June 2, 2014

Carmelo Anthony's Career Crossroads Should Lead Him Away from NY Knicks

Rafik Dimian

here's a big difference between "should" and "will." 
Ultimately, we have no idea what's going on in Carmelo Anthony's head as he decides whether or not he wants to stick with the New York Knicks for at least another season. He can opt out of his contract by late June and hit the market as an unrestricted free agent; then the options become limitless. 
Re-signing with the Knicks on a longer deal is certainly a possibility, but so too is fleeing Madison Square Garden for a greener pasture. 
We don't know what he'll do, but we certainly know what Phil Jackson wants. The newly hired president of basketball operations recently spoke to  ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley,, and he didn't leave any margin for error when it comes to his desires: 
"I told him it might be a good idea to hang in here and see what it's like for a year and go out the next year. But that's his option, that's what he's earned, and that's what's part of his contractual agreement. He has the right to do that. But I just offered that as, 'Look, this gives you an opportunity to see how this is going to change, see how we're going to get going, your relationship to the team and the coach and the system or whatever, the system we impose."
There's just so much up in the air when it comes to the Melodrama in New York.