Does Carmelo Anthony’s Knicks Future Hinge on 2013-14 Season in N.Y.?

August 27th, 2013 by Vin Getz Leave a reply »

Carmelo Anthony’s future as a member of the New York Knicks—something that a year ago seemed set in stone with the Knicks on the rise—suddenly appears in doubt, hinging on the 2013-14 season.

Whether New York has a season similar to last year’s (a premature playoff exit) or even takes it to the NBA Finals, one matter no longer in doubt is Anthony opting out of his final year and at least testing the free-agent market. There will be callers.

If Anthony has another statistical and team-MVP season like 2012-13, it’s a sure bet he’ll execute his option, looking for more money and more years.

After flaunting mad game in 2013-14, why would he risk playing on essentially a one-year contract that wraps up when he’s 31?

If Anthony’s not as good but still better than most, and/or is quietly (non-surgically) carrying around nagging shoulder or other injuries to not much notice, he’ll go for the opt-out extension to cover his financial assets.

If the Knicks lay an egg—say take a fifth (or even a sixth) seed behind the Miami Heat, the  ...

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