Should the New York Knicks give Carmelo Anthony the D-Wade treatment?
The New York Knicks went on a spending spree this past offseason to acquire multiple starting level players, despite missing out on superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Marcus Morris and Julius Randle headlined the players signed by the Knicks, but there could be one option remaining on the table that would make the 2019-20 season memorable.
The seven-year Knick helped drag the organization to three playoff appearances before taking his talents to Oklahoma City, but he’s now looking to finalize his career with a farewell tour, and the Knicks could be the perfect destination.
Now, Anthony isn’t interested in being a starter, which would likely scare some clubs away. He’s ‘okay’ with coming off the bench and making an impact in any way possible.
The last time Carmelo played in an NBA game was on November 8, 2018. The 10-time NBA All-Star deserves a D-Wade style goodbye to the game he’s dedicated his life to over the years.
NBA trainer extraordinaire Chris Brickley made a recent appearance on “The Breakfast Club,” stating:
Yes, given the situation. Allen Iverson, if you remember. He kind of got, some people say, blackballed. He got into a situation in his career, where teams would be like, ‘oh, he’s gonna want this role, so we’re gonna stay away.’ I think that’s what’s going on with Melo right now. He’s easily better with 60 percent, 70 percent of NBA players walking around. I think teams are afraid of, ‘I want to be the star,’ or ‘I want this.’ That’s not the case, though. Melo just wants to have a final season, farewell season, do what D-Wade did. Do the jersey swap. He had a great career, he’s a Hall of Famer. So hopefully that can happen.
Anthony played in just ten games for the Rockets last season before deciding to part ways. He still has the offensive capabilities that once highlighted his abilities, but his defensive efforts have surely fallen off. The 35-year-old would certainly come off the bench, but the Knicks might have too much depth and youth to offer Carmelo what he seeks.