Carmelo Anthony is tired of losing — it’s no secret. It was almost a certainty that Carmelo would re-sign with the New York Knicks long-term before the summer of 2014 when he could possibly exercise his one-year option or become an unrestricted free agent. With the way the Knicks have been playing, it seems that Anthony has quite a dilemma on his hands. His possible long-term contract with the Knicks is not certain at all; in fact, the chances of him re-signing are dwindling by the day as the team continues to play terrible basketball. Sure, they won their last game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but that win snapped a seven-game losing streak. Not only is New York 3-13 in their last 16 games, but they don’t have any money to spend on free agents this offseason. There’s not much incentive for Anthony to return to New York — that is, until 2015 when the team can free-up cap space.
Losing will be the reason the Knicks force Carmelo out of New York to play elsewhere. The team hasn’t looked interested in winning, and that lack of heart is making Carmelo think twice about spending another five years or so in New York. There have been circulating rumors the last 24 hours that Anthony is sick of losing and looking to become a free agent this summer. On top of that, Joakim Noah apparently approached Anthony during All-Star Weekend in an attempt to recruit him to the Chicago Bulls. If Anthony signs with the Bulls this summer and Derrick Rose comes back healthy, Chicago will be the best team in the East next season.
Carmelo has fought adversity and returned back stronger each and every year. He’s lost a lot in his career, yet he’s still hungry to win. Though it can be argued that he can’t win the big game, his ambition is there. Anthony is giving effort and he’s playing well; there’s no doubt about that. Spending another season with this same Knicks team that can’t get the job done is going to seriously damage Anthony’s mindset. Next year’s team can’t be any worse than this year’s, you may think, but it’s going to be pretty much the same group of players.
Anthony can’t afford to stick it out until 2015 when Kevin Love and Rajon Rondo headline the free agent class. Carmelo can sign with the Bulls this year, for less money than the Knicks can give him, and he will automatically make Chicago a serious NBA Finals contender. It will be better for the Knicks as well. They will be able to spend money this offseason and improve multiple areas of their flawed roster.
Anthony will need to decide which is more important: being part of a Championship team or making more money while staying in New York. I think Anthony wants to win. I think he needs to move to Chicago this summer and join Rose, Noah and Carlos Boozer to form a dream team.