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New York Knicks in Serious Danger of Rapid Decline

Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

Steve Mitchell-USA Today Sports

You almost have to feel sorry for Carmelo Anthony. His New York Knicks are not in the best shape right now. They have no cap space to add any significant help, and to add insult to injury, the team has no draft picks in the 2014 NBA Draft.

These are dire times indeed for the Knicks, who entered the offseason with new personnel in both the front office and the bench, and could be on the verge of losing the face of the franchise to free agency this summer. The Knicks really worked themselves into a hole, with lousy contracts and shaky trades, it could be a while before the Knicks wrestle away the title of “King of New York” from the Brooklyn Nets — who by the way, is facing their own salary-cap woes.

So with no draft picks available, and no cap space to add immediate help, Phil Jackson is going to have to work a miracle to re-tool and re-shape this team into contenders. The first order of business is convincing Anthony to buy into the rebuild, which in itself will be tough because Anthony has indicated that he is not interested in being part of a rebuilding phase in New York.

These are tough times for the Knicks, who could very well be thrust to the bottom of the Eastern Conference this year and for the foreseeable future, all because of some questionable moves by the front office. Unless Jackson can pull off some miracle, look for the Knicks to be at the bottom of the league next season.

No wonder why Anthony wants to escape from New York.

Kareem Gantt is an NBA writer for Rant Sports. For more from this author, you can ‘follow’ him on Twitter, ‘like’ him on Facebook, and ‘add’ him to your network on Google