Carmelo Anthony is the New York Knicks' franchise player. He's the single most important player on the Knicks' roster. As such he wants the Knicks to keep him abreast on big decisions such as trade talks.
If Carmelo Anthony opts-out after the year and re-signs with the New York Knicks in the off-season, the team will have committed more than $200 million to him within five years. That would lead you to believe that he's important enough to be kept in the loop about important decisions involving the franchise. That's exactly what he expects.
Marc Berman of the New York Post reports Anthony believes he'd be informed if a trade was going on.
“I’m pretty sure they would bring it to me,’’ Anthony said at shootaround on Tuesday at FedEx Forum. “They would keep me up to date on what’s going on. As far as making decisions, that’s their job. I’m pretty sure they will keep me informed — about what’s about to happen and what’s going to happen.”
You'd think that if Anthony is going public with the fact he expects to be kept in the loop about trades that he'd be able to defuse or confirm some of the rumors floating around. There's a lot of names connected to the Knicks right now. Something has to be in the works right?
“It’s Tuesday and I haven’t heard anything as far as trades,’’ Anthony said. “As far as today, nothing’s happening. I haven’t heard anything. We’re planning on moving forward.’’
Some would say that Anthony's job is to play and should keep out of the front office decisions. However, he's not only the franchise player. He's also the the franchise player who is preparing to enter free agency after the season. They have to keep him happy.
That has given him more power than players normally command within organizations. That being said, he shouldn't be making decisions. He shouldn't say yes or no to specific moves. However, it would be smart to include him in the process and see how he feels about possible moves.
That just seems responsible on the Knicks part. Anthony isn't a player at the end of the bench. He's the head-honcho. He should be asked what he thinks about front office moves, the hiring or firing of coaches and roster moves. That only seems to make sense.
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