Former New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony reportedly wants to retire from basketball as a member of his old team.
The New York Knicks have multiple options in free agency this summer. They have room for two max contracts and could use them on Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving along with Kawhi Leonard. Jimmy Butler could also be an option this summer.
However, there’s one player (who’s not a superstar anymore) the Knicks could look to sign. It would be for a reunion-sake, and according to SNY’s Ian Begley, this player wants to end his career in New York.
It’s former Knick Carmelo Anthony.
“There may have been interest from New York in a reunion with Anthony if they had a roster with multiple stars ready to win immediately,” Begley writes. “But with Durant injured and the odds against the Knicks building that kind of team this summer, bringing Anthony back is not currently part of the team’s thinking.
“Again, that may be irrelevant because of the Lakers’ interest. But Anthony would have interest in signing with the Knicks and finishing his career in New York, despite how his Knicks tenure ended.”
Melo previously played for the Knick from 2011-2017. He was ultimately traded prior to the 2017-2018 season to the Oklahoma City Thunder. There are some Knicks fans who would definitely be up for a reunion with Melo, who’s a 10-time All-Star and former NBA scoring champion.
However, there are others who believe Melo was toxic to the Knicks’ organization towards the end of his tenure in New York. He is still one of the most polarizing athletes in the city.
A potential reunion between Anthony and the Knicks isn’t completely out of the question, but it doesn’t appear likely at this stage in time.