Decision day for Carmelo Anthony to opt out is Monday. The Knicks are waiting for the star forwards official decision and are holding their breath (Herring, June 20.)
“If he makes the choice to opt out, I think he’s gone,” said one person familiar with the matter.”
Anthony opting out would hinder the Knicks’ ability to build a winner around him. Knicks president Phil Jackson had asked Anthony in a meeting last month to opt-in on his final year to help the team acquire better players under the salary cap. (Iannazone, May 30).
The Knicks without Anthony isn’t very appealing. Whenever a major star has asked out of a city the return is pennies on the dollar. Teams do benefit with draft picks if they agree to a sign-and-trade, but the track record of quick rebuilds isn’t very good. (Kerber, June 22).