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Carmelo Anthony and the Blame Game

Howard Beck’s column, “Flawed NY Knicks Still Paying Dearly for Carmelo Anthony’s Original Sin,” suggests that the Knicks would be much better off if Anthony had opted out of his Denver contact and then signed with New York as a free agent. It’s hard to argue with that logic. If Anthony had waited until after the season and signed with the Knicks, they would have been able to retain Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, Raymond Felton and the draft picks they sent to Denver. (They almost certainly would have had to renounce their rights to Wilson Chandler to free up enough cap space to sign ‘Melo…) They wouldn’t have used the amnesty provision on Chauncey Billups – which means they may not have acquired Tyson Chandler, which also means they could have amnestied Amar’e Stoudemire instead. They also would have had assets available to possibly swing a trade for Chris Paul.

With all due respect to Beck – who is an excellent writer and reporter – there are a couple of fundamental problems with this thesis.

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Should ‘Melo Stay Or Should He Go?

New on @TheKnicksWall – @tarmosino and I discuss Carmelo Anthony’s free agent decision… and where he might land if he did leave the Knicks.

I’d … have a very hard time turning down $34 million-and-change. And that’s exactly what ‘Melo would be doing by signing elsewhere. My guess? Carmelo signs for something very close to $129M and the Knicks use the cash freed up by Stoudemire and Chandler’s expiring deals to rebuild around him. Maybe, just maybe, if this season is an absolute disaster, I might envision a scenario where Anthony bolts for the Lakers, but I seriously doubt that happens.

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