Knicks color commentator Walt Frazier wonders whether Carmelo Anthony will ask for a trade.
Arron Afflalo says Melo is “very committed” to the Knicks.
How does Melo feel?
“Shows how little you know about me. Staying in NY shows that I do care. If I would have left, what would you have said then? ‘Oh, Melos wack for leaving. He turned his back on NY’. FOH. You are stuck with me buddy. Deal with it. If you want me gone, I’ll personally walk you into the front office so you can plead your case of the Knicks trading me. Hope you have bail money bc they might have you arrested for Disturbing the Peace.”
Melo raises a good point: Many of the same Knicks fans who want him to leave New York now would have resented him if he left in free agency in 2014.
But facts remain:
- Melo’s window for elite individual production is slowly closing.
- The Knicks are not particularly close to contending.
It’s easy to see how Melo and the Knicks would stop seeing their relationship as symbiotic.
The past – Melo requesting a trade to the Knicks and then re-signing with them last year – might cause him to give his current team the benefit of the doubt. Surely, Melo wants to make it work In New York. I think he cares about making the Knicks successful.
But if the Knicks struggle again, they might want to trade him to continue rebuilding. Likewise, a 31-year-old Melo might consider waiving his no-trade clause.
All signs say the Knicks and Melo are happy enough together for now. But all logic says that harmony might not last.