Carmelo Anthony in a Knicks’ uniform playing in Madison Square Garden? Again?
Anthony says he found a home in Portland — in the Pacific Northwest he has accepted a role and played well, becoming a quality part of the Blazers’ rotation — but Knicks president Leon Rose has his eye on a reunion in New York, reports Marc Berman of the New York Post.
According to sources, Anthony has been on Rose’s radar ever since he took over the presidency in early March. Rose is Anthony’s former top client at Creative Artists Agency. Other connections include Anthony lobbying for Thibodeau to become Knicks coach in 2014 and the newly hired assistant Woodson getting Anthony to play his best two-way ball in the 2012-13 season.
Anthony played for the Knicks from 2011-2017 but didn’t leave under the best of terms because, well, a number of Phil Jackson’s relationships with players don’t end well. How eager Anthony is to return to New York is part of the equation.
Then there is the fit question. Anthony has played more than 80% of his minutes at power forward the past three seasons, and the Knicks have Julius Randle at that spot. Not that Randle is part of the long-term future in New York, he’s not (and likely will be shopped some this offseason), but Anthony certainly is not the future, either.
Anthony likely stays in Portland, unless the Knicks want to come in with an oversized contract to try and lure him away. Making that kind of move for a 36-year-old player doesn’t seem a wise move, but kind of does seem like a classic Knicks move.
Consider it all something to watch.