Walt Frazier correctly predicted last year Carmelo Anthony would re-sign with the Knicks.
Now, the Knicks color commentator and former great is openly wondering about Melo’s exit from New York.
Q: The Knicks drafted Kristaps Porzingis, a guy who is a couple years away from being able to help you win night in and night out. Then there’s Carmelo Anthony, who is 31 and here for another four years. How does he fit in because it seems like they are looking at a future that might not fit within his window?
A: I’m sure Melo wasn’t happy. His future is now. You know, he’s not getting younger. This is going to be a pivotal season for him to see really how he fits into the Knick plans and how this is going to go from here. Will he ask out, you know what I mean, if he sees that this is not happening? Because right now the Knicks, [it’s] going to be tough to make the playoffs. They are a few years away and Melo knows that his days are numbered, so stay tuned.
Perhaps, Frazier is just speculating. He doesn’t cite any specific conversations with Melo. Frazier just explaining his perception of Melo’s attitude.
But Frazier spends a lot of time around Melo, and his playing success would help him connect to Melo. We should put credence in his assessment, even if I wouldn’t trust it completely.
Melo was reportedly upset with the Knicks drafting Porzingis. Though he downplayed it, Melo would have reason to be upset. At 31, he can wait only so long for New York to rebuild.
Even if Melo wants a trade, it wouldn’t necessarily be easy. Teams might not rush to trade for someone due more than $101 million over the next four years, on the wrong side of 30 and coming off major injury. Melo also has a no-trade clause, which could limit his potential suitors even further.