I am a true believer in the fact that the Knicks should’ve gotten rid of Melo while they could’ve. They could’ve traded for a very high pick in one of the best drafts of all time and a few players that could’ve really improved the team. Now, Melo is going to leave, and the Knicks won’t get anything in return.
A while ago, when I thought about this, I thought, “Oh, that’s good because the Knicks will have a ton of cap space for one of the better free agent classes in a while.” However, the Knicks are already $30 MILLION above the cap. Even if they let him go, they’ll still be $10 million above the cap.
And if you think that I’m overreacting about this, and you think he’s actually stay, think again. He said, “My concern is to be able to compete on a high level, a championship level, coming in this last stretch of my career. I want to compete at that level.” If Melo thinks that the Knicks are legitimate championship contenders right now, he’s an idiot. Sure, he said he’d take less money to stay with the Knicks, BUT that’s if the Knicks are able to use that extra money to pick up a Kevin Love or a Rajon Rondo in 2015 free agency, which is very unlikely.
Are you convinced yet? If not, here, consider this quote: “I want to be a free agent. I think everybody in the NBA dreams to be a free agent at least one time in their career. It’s like you have an evaluation period, you know. It’s like if I’m in the gym and I have all the coaches, all the owners, all the GMs come into the gym and just evaluate everything I do. So yes, I want that experience.” What?! What does that mean? No one tests free agents to “have an evaluation period”. That just doesn’t make any sense. Some of the top candidates to sign him are:
Los Angeles Lakers: They are projected to have more than $15 million in cap space this offseason. Also, they are the 2nd most accomplished franchise in the NBA, and many free agents will be considering this destination. Chicago Bulls: Reports have emerged that Joakim Noah was recruiting Melo during the all-star break. Apparently, Melo responded by telling Noah that he admires how hard the Bulls play and how hungry they are. Anthony also told Noah, according to the sources, that Derrick Rose is his son’s favorite player. One problem, though, is the Bulls may not have much cap space this free agency period .
Even though I wish the Knicks could make him stay, he won’t. It will be sad to see him go, but as long as he doesn’t sign with the Lakers, it’ll be all good.