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Carmelo Anthony will opt out of contract

Carmelo Anthony will opt out of his contract, according to multiple sources (ESPN , June 22).

Anthony will become an unrestricted free agent.

Several team are expected to show interest, including the Chicago Bulls, as SNY’s Adam Zagoria reported late last week (TKB, June 20).

Knicks president Phil Jackson had hoped that Anthony would opt-in for the final year of his contract.

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

From Anthony’s point of view, this is the right move, and a smart one at that. He’s keeping his options open, which at this moment, obviously still include returning to the Knicks.

The forward is in the driver’s seat here, and rightfully so. By opting out, he’s putting some healthy pressure on the Knicks to show improvement, and/or at the very least, a confident plan of action moving forward.

Anthony has plenty of appealing options when it comes to leaving the Big Apple. Teams like the Bulls (if at full health with Derrick Rose) and Rockets both stand to be perennial NBA title contenders without the Knicks’ star, let alone with him. Can or do the Knicks match up accordingly? That is the question.

As he weighs his options, Anthony would have to take Phil Jackson’s word (with the team having little roster flexibility to make major improvements until next summer) and pit it against teams with already proven talent in town. Despite having quite a reputation as a Hall of Fame coach, Jackson is unproven as an executive. Will his vision for the future stand up tall enough to compete with teams already poised to compete for a championship, in the eyes of Anthony?

That’s something the star will need to think about, if and when he considers returning to the Knicks. Though an advantage to remaining with the Knicks happens to be more money with an extra potential year on his next contract, Anthony can still use his forthcoming freedom to his advantage in order to get what he wants.

While Jackson hasn’t been one to panic over the suggestion that Anthony may opt to sign elsewhere, the fact of the matter is New York won’t want to lose him without anything to show for it. If Anthony ultimately decides to sign with Chicago or another related team, the Knicks would be smart to play ball in hopes of making a deal and acquiring other talents and/or future assets in return.

This would allow the Knicks to begin building for the future rather quickly, while a sign & trade deal would also provide Anthony the opportunity to sign a longer and more lucrative contract with another team as well.




851 comments
PickNY
PickNY

I'm sorry, but I have no love lost losing Shump being INCONSISTENT and many of you need to stop making excuses for Shump inability to score and create shots when the Knicks needed him to do BESIDES being a one dimensional defender. There were many times I wanted Shump to attack the bucket, but rather missed the opportunity looking to pass. Stop blaming Woody for Shump liability on the offensive end of the court.

I'm all in for PJ Hairston, especially if Phil wants him.

Tito Cruz
Tito Cruz

Is this news? He said he was doing this 6 months ago. It really says nothing about whether he is staying or going.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

New thread up, Leon Rose, Melo's agent, has announced that Melo has opted out.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

trading Shumpert for a Late first round pick is a mistake.


Shumpert is a known commodity.   An NBA rotation player.  With flaws just like EVERY OTHER NBA player.. A late first round draft pick represents nothing more than potential.  The chances of getting an NBA rotation player in the 20's is very low.  Deespite the fact that players drafted in the 20's have certainly gone on to fruitful NBA careers more often than not they are in the D League or Europe in three years.


A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

saintknick
saintknick

I said it in October and I'll say it again today. Melo is opting out because he loses NOTHING by doing so - he could even just sign a 1-year deal on the same terms of his opt-in if he wanted to. 


What it gives him is the ability to actually TALK to other players and owners/gms/coaches without any worry about tampering etc in order to plan the next few years. He can get down to brass-tacks and see what other teams and Lebron/Durant/other great players might be planning. 


So, to me, him opting out doesn't signal a darn thing. But the media need something to talk about since no one in the US cares about Soccer (overstatement) and Baseball is just so boring for the real media rain-makers like S. A. Smith etc. to speculate about.

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

I still believe Shumpert still has upside. He would benefit us more keeping him than trading him. OKC, LAC and a smart GM like Ujiri wanted him for a reason. He's the best perimeter defender on this team and can improve offensively. He's been in the gym everyday the past month working out and working on his game. He has not been able to do that the past 2 summers thanks to injuries. If we go back to when he was drafted, he was always in the gym, the same way he is now. 

Trading him will be a huge mistake...unless it's in a package for an upgrade at PG or C. Not for an unknown 1st round pick. 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Will the Knicks even announce that Melo has opted out or will they need the rubber hose treatment to beat it out them?

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

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BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@Scott Berger-Felder Shumpert for Haiston would be a dreadful trade on paper for the knicks 


Shumpert is an NBA rotation player.  Knicks need more than just potential.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@Sandro Guedes neither has great size or athleticism.  Neither is a guaranteed NBA rotation player and there is no guarantee that either is on the board at 20.

saintknick
saintknick

@BiggieTKB I would agree except that JR isn't going anywhere, THJr is the guy I'd rather develop, and shump is not a SF. Further, the knicks probably wouldn't pay him next year to keep him and are stuck with JR then anyway.


A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, but a 3rd bird in the hand is worth less than a cat (or pick your animal in need) in the bush. 

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@NoVaCaInE I really respect your opinions so I will ask you what is it about Shump that you like? Forget I asked I read. the rest of your post and got my answer. That's what I get for jumping the gun. lol

saintknick
saintknick

@NoVaCaInE I agree - but to me, only if Melo leaves is it worth keeping shumpert rather than bringing in picks, even in the future, to rebuild around Melo. 


Shumpert needs the pressure gone - just go out and develop and play within the system. For his whole career he has been the #5 guy on offense on the floor (by default, Chandler isn't #5 because he's under the basket) and has no consistent expectation or role. Give him a role, let him go make mistakes without any fear or reprisal, and get his damn back when he makes an error instead of throwing him under the bus, and I think he gets that 3pt shot % up and lowers his boneheaded defensive lapses because he's not trying to force something to show his worth. He also needs to learn how to finish. 

tjhassan3
tjhassan3

@NoVaCaInE I dno, prior to last season he was posting the same videos of him draining 3's and working out. To me, that knee injury is still too "scary". There were multiple time's last season where I thought he re injured it on simple cut's and pivot's. This draft has plenty of talent in the 1st that, imo, can surpass anything shump would give us.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@knicks1 a pick in the 20's does not guarantee to be an NBA starting Point guard.,


there are plenty of minutes to go around in an 80 game season.  especially in a league that plays three guards as much as the NBA

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@knicksgirl35 His defense 1st and foremost, athleticism, his love for the City of NY. Too many players shy away from playing here. Shump has that NYC attitude. I also love the confidence and swagger he had on the court when he's right. Not backing down to anyone. What I saw his rookie year and in the Playoffs against Indiana is a player who can help this team. All he needs is the right coaching. I still think there is room for him to grow offensively. 


Thanks, I respect your views and posts as well!

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@saintknick @NoVaCaInE Agreed. I've been keeping an eye on his YouTube page over the past month. He's working on his handling, in both the half court and open floor. He's working on half court moves and counter moves. Working on his jump shot. I feel it's too early to give up on him. We gave up on Ariza too early and he's turned into a solid player. I don't want to see the same thing happen again with one of our young players. 

Shump went through a lot of turmoil, different coaches and philosophies. Shumps been though a team in chaos and a coach who didn't have his back. In and out of the starting unit and bench. Dog house. Experiments playing PG, SG and SF. Give him some stability, a defined role and see how he responds. 

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@tjhassan3 @NoVaCaInE I saw the videos of him shooting corner 3's while rehabbing last year. Now he's cutting, playing full court games, working on his handling and counter moves along with his shooting. I just don't see the logic in moving him for a late 1st to then draft another SG. Unless Phil plans on moving either JR or TH Jr as well.  

solar_lion
solar_lion

@illmatix I believe Chandler and Shumpert have value. ANd both are ripe to trade. Shumpert b/c you don't want to overpay him when he becomes an RFA. Chandler b/c he's an expiring who can help out a team on defense. So Phil must use those 2 assets now and get what draft picks he can to buildup the roster long term.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@Scott Berger-Felder @Knicks_Fanatic Shumpert 6'5.5 and wingspan 6'9.5



how come Hairston can play the 3 but shump cant?

saintknick
saintknick

@BiggieTKB @knicks1 Knicks needs include every position other than SG right now. Even if Melo stays, the team needs a C, PF an SF for the future because Amare/Chandler/Bargnani aren't it and Odom/Tyler/Aldrich are potentially good rotation players but probably not starters.


The irony of the draft is that teams picking in the 20's USUALLY have 1 hole to fill so they have to reach a bit on the next best X-position player. 


The Knicks, on the other hand, can just take the best available player, increasing the likelihood that the player is a quality NBA talent. 


ALSO, the Knicks have had a bit of success with later picks recently, with many rumors suggesting that both Houston and Isiah have made predictions on talent later in rounds and have been correct (Shump, THJr). But that isn't a good argument - a better argument is that with those resources, Phil Jackson will make the right pick. 

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@NoVaCaInE  You are spot on my man.. Trading a player like shump for a draft pick is a dumb move. At least we know that shump has a future in this league and if he improves offensively he can be a solid starter in this league. A LOT of people here are infatuated with draft picks and I just don't get it!!!  

theking
theking

@NoVaCaInE  that's why I love shump I think he truly wants to be here for life

saintknick
saintknick

@NoVaCaInE @saintknick Ariza is a GREAT comparison because both players need a bit of rope to make mistakes, not be punished, and develop with less pressure. 


It might just be, however, that while shump says he wants to stay in NY, it would actually be better for him to go somewhere he would either play a secondary role for a while (OKC) or a young developing squad (phoenix, though they may not need a guy like him). 

tjhassan3
tjhassan3

@NoVaCaInE @tjhassan3 I'd hope if we moved him it wouldn't be for a SG, considering we already have Tim and JR. I truly am a fan of shump and hope he succeeds, but that knee is still a problem for me.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Sandro Guedes @MeloStat301  Lol...I say we need a PG ...thing is if we run the triangle ( which I assume) the PG doesn't need to be great, needs to know how to shoot, which is the interest in Patty mills.  I don't think the knicks can land Mills...Phil will need to look elsewhere for a PG.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@solar_lion @illmatix  I still don't want to see Shump traded. He is a good perimeter defender who was in the dog house with Mr. Potato head. I jut want to see him in a different system..

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@saintknick @NoVaCaInE I think he would thrive in OKC starting with Westbrook and Durant. Playing in an uptempo offense. The havoc Westbrook and Shump could cause in the backcourt together defensively would actually be very scary. 

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@tjhassan3 @NoVaCaInE I'm worried about the knee too. I like Shump and want him to stay. However, if we can move him and get an upgrade at a position of need, I'm all for moving him. Just not in love with moving him for a late pick. 

saintknick
saintknick

@MeloStat301 @Sandro Guedes I really hate it when teams break the bank to sign guys who are one-trick pony's who only succeeded in the playoffs due to great matchups.


He was great against Miami and their great PGs of Marisuck Chalmers and Norris AscHole, yet was nothing against Dallas and very bad against OKC. He played against primarily backups too. 


He would probably make a really fun 6th man on a good team, but starting PG? Come on!


EDIT: I should note that he had a really good regular season, but so did Jeremy Lin in NY, because system is everything for some guys. When you are on a team where 9/10 players pass the ball extremely well and love to share, it isn't that hard to have an excellent season as the 5th scariest guy on the floor. 

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@Scott Berger-Felder @BiggieTKB i agree.,,. all this talk about draft prospects as if they were established NBA players.


Shumps vert was measured at 5 inches more than Hairsons

tjhassan3
tjhassan3

@Sandro Guedes @MeloStat301 Mitch Mcgary should be available late 1st, early 2nd. Could have been a lottery pick, but a back injury held him out last season. If your willing to take a risk, he would be a high reward player. An upgraded version of david lee.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Sandro Guedes @MeloStat301  Look for the Knicks to possibly get into Jerami Grant can play the 4...Horace grants nephew.


or even Adreian Payne..if he is available..depending what pick the knicks can get...those guys will be there at pick 21...after that its slim pickings for bigs.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@BiggieTKB @Sandro Guedes @Scott Berger-Felder 

Hairston is supposed to be one of the more NBA ready players in the draft.

Hairston is one of the few prospects in this draft who looks ready to come in and play a role in the NBA right away. His thick, strong build (230 pounds) is a major reason why he was able to adjust to the D-League so quickly, averaging 27 points per-40 minutes, as his shooting ability and aggressive style of play are tailor made for the NBA.

http://www.draftexpress.com#ixzz35TklS2WR