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An Anonymous Former Teammate Believes Carmelo Anthony Will Leave New York Knicks

January 2nd, 2014 at 11:00 PM
By Matt Agne

There have been many theories on if Carmelo Anthony will remain with the New York Knicks following this season and why he might decide to either stay or leave. However, since the season has gone so poorly it's become popular to say he'll leave money on the table to go play elsewhere. That's led to stories like the one from The New York Daily News quoting an anonymous former teammate of Anthony's claiming Anthony will be wearing a different jersey next season.

'Carmelo Anthony' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

One of the most gutless things in sports is the anonymous quote. That's the very often controversial media quote from an unnamed coach, player or front office member. Quite frankly, if someone doesn't have the guts to put their name on a quote the words should be taken with a grain of salt.

That being said, Frank Isola of The New York Daily News reports an anonymous former teammate believes Carmelo Anthony will leave the New York Knicks in the off-season.

Carmelo Anthony’s former teammate needed just a few seconds to ponder the question and deliver a definitive answer.

“I think he’s leaving. I’ve played with Melo for a long time and he knows he can’t win here. At this stage, all he wants to do is win. That’s why he’ll leave.”

Clearly the fact that this season's team has been so injury depleted hasn't made things easy for the Knicks this season. Neither has the fact that nearly all of their players, outside of Anthony, have under performed so far. Those are things that have definitely warn on Anthony.

“This is not how I envisioned it,” Anthony said earlier this week.

That being said, the teams poor performance thus far doesn't mean Anthony is necessarily leaving. He's expected to opt-out of his contract but for anyone to say if Anthony will stay or go at this point is nothing but speculative.

'Carmelo Anthony' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The fact is, there's a lot of time between now and the off-season. The Knicks can also offer him a lot more money than any other team can. That fact alone would probably make it more likely for Anthony to force a trade instead of opt for free agency if he were planning to leave.

The thing is, no one knows. Anthony probably doesn't know. If one was forced to guess you'd probably have to side with him staying in New York. It's a huge market, his home town, he has full command over the team and he knows the team will be in position to retool very quickly. The fact that he'd be facing a large pay day as well won't hurt any.

Anthony’s former teammate, who requested anonymity, echoed the thoughts of several people close to Anthony who believe he’s ready to leave. Still, the Knicks have the ace in the hole; they can offer Anthony approximately $30 million more than any other team under the rules of the collective bargaining agreement. Money still talks in the NBA, and it’s hard to believe Anthony will walk away from a lucrative contract.

The Knicks certainly hope Anthony is a huge part of their future. That doesn't change the fact that if he indicates a desire to leave the Knicks need to trade him to get what they can to rebuild the franchise. However, that too is a long way off. For now the focus is on improving their play this season and reminding Anthony why this was such an attractive place to play in the first place.

Until his fate is determined we're likely to see several other reports like this one. The best advise Knicks 101 can give fans of any sports team is an anonymous quote shouldn't be given much weight. Quite frankly, if no one puts their name to it the quote shouldn't be treated as a quote at all. 

The only reason anonymous quotes are used is because they are often controversial. They are often the quote that sells the story or the agenda of the article being written by the author. Never take an anonymous quote as fact.

That being said, a former teammate of Anthony's very well could have said he wouldn't stay with the Knicks. He could be right. He also might not have any more knowledge than anyone else. After all, everyone has an opinion. The truth is, everyone will have to wait to see where Anthony calls home when the 2014-15 season begins.

'Carmelo Anthony' photo (c) 2012, Paul Lowry - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Tags: Basketball, Carmelo Anthony, NBA, New York, New York Knicks

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