The NBA trade deadline is approaching rapidly and that has some pretty big trade rumor winds blowing out of the east. The New York Knicks are in a critical stage of figuring out what lies ahead in their future and which direction they want to the team to go. With Carmelo Anthony’s future with the team in serious doubt, the trade deadline may be the Knicks last chance to salvage what they can from what could end up being an ugly situation.
According to Al Iannazzone of the Long Island Newsday, the Knicks are likely to try and make trades that will keep Melo in New York beyond this season. If they can’t secure trades that bring in players Melo wants to play with, the Knicks may be best off trading Melo before the deadline arrives.
This seems to clash with reports of hubris oozing out of the Knicks front office from earlier in the week. Reports surfaced that the Knicks were confident that they’d be able to bring back Melo in the offseason, but might a way to do that be making trades at the deadline to acquire players Melo wants to play with?
That’s the question in New York at the moment and it’s a critical one. Whether the Knicks want to acknowledge it or not, the clock is ticking on Melo’s time with the team and it’s up to the front office to extend that time as much as possible.