The worse the New York Knicks‘ season gets, the more likely that Carmelo Anthony will leave the Big Apple. The All-Star small forward will become a free agent this summer and even though he has already expressed interest in testing the waters, it seems obvious that Anthony will not remain in the blue and orange.
New York has been anything but good. With a record of 9-21, they are second-last in the NBA Eastern Conference. The good news is that the playoffs are still in reach as the East has self-eroded and continues to be a wasteland of underachieving teams. However, even if the Knicks made the playoffs, they are far from contenders and it probably won’t be enough to entice Anthony to stay. He has too many options to stay on a team that implodes year after year.
The Miami Heat will also have some free agency shenanigans to deal with. LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade all have the option to opt out of their contracts at the end of this season. Many believe that it is championship or bust and if the defending champs fail to complete the three-peat, then James is long gone.
It seems unlikely, but the NBA is a crazy, unpredictable world where anything can and will happen. So hypothetically speaking, if James decides to leave South Beach this summer, what is Miami’s move?
The Heat can keep Wade and Bosh with the possibility of signing Anthony. In theory, Anthony could replace James in the “Big 3″ — but not so fast. Signing Anthony would essentially be a death wish for Pat Riley and Miami. Anthony is nowhere near the caliber player that James is, and he is incredibly overrated. He is only good when the ball is in his hand and he can shoot. Anthony will not drop 10 dimes and he will not give you a triple-double. His defense is lacking and his team play seems nearly obsolete.
My honest opinion is that any team would be dumb to sign Anthony because he isn’t going to bring a team a championship. He is one of those players that wants his, and that’s it. He will take 20-plus shots a game and shoot under 50 percent from the field. Anthony just isn’t worth it. If Miami does lose James, they are better off spending that money on strong role players instead of dropping a boatload on Anthony.
I truly believe that James will stay in South Beach with or without a three-peat, but I still like to prepare myself for the worst. As for Anthony is a Heat uniform, it is more of a long shot and distant dream than reality — and that’s a good thing.