For the past six seasons, New York native Carmelo Anthony has been the star player of the New York Knicks and has given the Knicks a lot to be thankful for. Back in 2003, Anthony was drafted by the Denver Nuggets, but with melodramatics during the 2010-2011 NBA season, there was a trade that sent him on his way from Colorado to New York. Since then, Anthony has averaged more than 24 points per game and brought the Knicks three straight postseason appearances, but that was during his first three seasons. Fans were eager to think after he brought the Knicks to three straight playoffs that he’d finish off his career in New York and even bring the franchise a title along the way.
Unfortunately, since his 2012-2013 season, things have gone downhill for the franchise, even with Anthony’s playing remaining solid. They’ve missed three postseasons in a row after those three postseason games. More bad news for the Kicks, the 32-year-old is now producing very near career-low scoring numbers. With their star player seemingly fading, coming off of a terrible record last season and is potently part of the reason why the franchise fired head coach Derek Fisher, things are looking really bleak for the popular NBA franchise.
His low scoring records can easily be blamed upon an injury he sustained that resulted in him missing more than half of the 2015 season, but others are saying he’s wearing down. It is quite a possibility that, even if Melo doesn’t want to admit it, Anthony is growing weary and tired of carrying the team on his shoulders and of losing. It could be understandable if Carmelo Anthony himself has the feeling that he’s a seasoned veteran that hasn’t made an NBA Finals appearance, and that he himself would want to be moved.
It seems as if the end is coming near for Anthony and the franchise. Though Anthony hasn’t asked for a trade and there isn’t a known franchise that has grown an interest in the veteran, but it does seem to make sense if the team would let him go,
Though he seems to be very loyal to the Knicks, a Carmelo Anthony trade could happen when he becomes a free agent, which will happen after the 2018-2019 season. The reason behind this is that a lot of people believe that a roster led by Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis won’t see a championship anytime soon. Though he is very loyal to the franchise, some think that once free agency is an option, Anthony will want to be traded to a team that is chasing the championship.
As for the Knicks moving on from Carmelo Anthony, nothing is in the works for letting him go. It does in some ways make sense, for Anthony it would mean the chance to finally get a championship; as for the Knicks, it would give them a chance to reinvent their image and would mean more cash to find some much-needed talent. If the franchise wants to find success, a reboot needs to happen soon. While Anthony isn’t the issue in every way, letting him go may be what the franchise needs.