The New York Knicks are in an interesting position at the moment as they are desperately trying to figure out what to do with Carmelo Anthony. The team would love to keep him, as that’s their priority at the moment, but the question is will Carmelo want to stay or will he bolt for another team?
One way the Knicks can convince Melo to stay is to commit money to finding stars he can play with in New York. If the Knicks show they’re committed to winning right now, or in the next two years, Melo may stay and Newsday’s Al Iannazzone has a few ideas on how that could happen.
The trade deadline is Feb. 20, and getting another star likely would make it an easy call for Anthony to stay. If not, the Knicks might have to make something happen by early July. He will be a free agent July 1.
Between now and then, Rajon Rondo or Kyrie Irving could become available. The Knicks might not have what it takes to get them, but acquiring some assets might be helpful.
Otherwise, the Knicks will have a boatload of money in the summer of 2015 when Rondo and Kevin Love become free agents.
The Knicks have made no secret about their interest in Rondo and New York has also been pegged as a possible landing spot for Kevin Love as well.
Even if the Knicks miss out on Melo, they may look at the 2015 free agent class to rebuild, but that particular class may also be a way that New York can convince Melo to stick around just a little bit longer.