The worst-kept secret in the NBA is that the Knicks and Carmelo Anthony want a divorce, and their new general manager isn’t hiding it.
The new Knicks regime isn’t making things any more comfortable for Carmelo Anthony than the old one did. President Steve Mills outlined his vision for the team back in Aug. and Anthony’s absence from the writing was notable.
This time around, it was general manager Scott Perry who laid out what he thought the future held for New York. In a blog post on MSG.com, the rookie GM referenced the “young core” of Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez, Frank Ntilikina, and Ron Baker.
One name that was completely absent from this lengthy post was Carmelo Anthony. The team is trying to move on, oddly before trading him, but they put UFA Ron Baker on there. The fascination with Baker continues.
“There are no shortcuts,” he writes. “Reshaping the Knicks as a championship contender will be a step-by-step process, and along the way, the plan will demand patience, as our young core of Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangómez, Frank Ntilikina and Ron Baker mature. But allow me to add a twist. I don’t view my job as an either-or proposition. A general manager — especially in today’s world of free agency and player movement — must always have his antenna up for all possibilities.”
Anthony is hoping he won’t have to be at media day on Monday. This blog post only adds more fuel to the fire.
Frank Isola of The New York Daily News reports that Melo’s camp is hopeful the ten-time All-Star will already be a Rocket by the start of next week.
But with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith reporting that Houston and New York haven’t spoken in weeks about a deal, it’s anybody’s guess as to what will happen.