There's been plenty of rumors surrounding the future of Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. Before the season he proclaimed he'd be opting out of his contract after the season. That was followed by reports he would re-sign, he'd leave, the Knicks should trade him and now that he's already started recruiting players to join him in the Big Apple. It's a whirlwind that is truly hard to follow as a fan. Who and what do you believe? Well, it would seem the Knicks believe Anthony's future is with New York because it's clear they can't lose him for nothing yet they're said to have "zero intention" of trading him.
Lets be clear, Carmelo Anthony has $30 million worth of reasoning to stay with the New York Knicks after he opts out of his contract following this season. No team can pay Anthony what the Knicks can and, as we saw when he forced his way off the Denver Nuggets, he's all about getting his money.
That being said, Dwight Howard was put in the same position and decided to leave money on the table in order to go where he wanted. In theory, Anthony could do the same thing. That's the dilemma the Knicks find themselves in. However, they must believe Anthony intends on re-signing with the Knicks because they don't intend on trading him.
If the Knicks do not turn around their season when Tyson Chandler returns from injury, you can expect the Anthony issue to become a monster heading toward the February trade deadline. Because if Anthony doesn't think the Knicks are best for him over the next five years, he will make it an issue and possibly force a trade again if he thinks that would be best for him.
The Knicks, sources say, have zero intention of trading Anthony no matter what he says about next summer. Not only did owner Jim Dolan personally seal the deal to bring Anthony to New York, but the front office realizes it has one of the most talented players in the league and won't be able to get fair value in return.
What's interesting about this is the franchise is putting their foot down. They're saying that Anthony is the guy they believe in and if he really wants to move on it will have to cost him financially.
The Knicks are basically betting that money is just too important to Anthony for him to walk away. They're betting that $30 million is too much to give up. James Dolan pushed too hard to acquire Anthony to voluntarily send him away.
On top of that, Dolan has signed off on his front office making many trades. However, nearly all of those trades were to acquire talent or big contracts. As Windhorst points out, they've never been rebuilding trades.
Dolan's Knicks have never made rebuilding trades, and they're sure as heck not going to start with the biggest star they've had since Patrick Ewing.
Dolan's feeling is that the Knicks are the only team that can offer Anthony a five-year max contract next summer and that gives them a big bargaining chip.
The fact is, players almost always go for the money. Clearly winning and where you are also factors. However, money is almost always the determining factor. That's been the case for Anthony in the past. If that still rings true, he'll re-sign with New York. That's exactly what the Knicks are betting on.
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