Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the eventful trade window last February was the fact that Carmelo Anthony remained a member of the New York Knicks, despite his name being repeatedly thrown around in numerous trade rumors.
Some would argue that this is merely delaying the inevitable and recent reports about the Knicks’ offseason plans seem to have proven this to be true.
“The Knicks shopped Anthony in trade talks before the deadline and, barring an unforeseen change of course, remain committed to moving Anthony in the offseason, per sources,” wrote Begley.
The fact of the matter is that things have not gone according to planned since the franchise acquired Anthony from the Denver Nuggets in 2011. Melo is now in his seventh season with the Knicks and during his tenure, the team has only gone as far as the Eastern Conference Semifinals back in 2013. They have missed the playoffs in the past three seasons and look bound to miss their fourth straight this term.
Jackson seems adamant to finally pull the plug on the Melo era and begin rebuilding his team. One of the biggest stumbling blocks here however will be Anthony’s no-trade clause which he will need to waive himself in order to force a move.
At the end of the day, the 10-time All-Star’s future is literally in his hands. Then again it would not be an impossible task for Jackson and the Knicks to force Melo out as several other teams continue to circle around the 32-year-old.