Jan 20, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives to the basket during the second half against Brooklyn Nets small forward Andrei Kirilenko (47) at Madison Square Garden. Brooklyn Nets defeat the New York Knicks 103-80. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

NBA Trade Rumors: Many feel Carmelo Anthony will leave Knicks

Earlier in the week I took a look at the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony and I asked if the Knicks could afford not to deal their superstar by the February 20 trade deadline.

Simply based on the fact that they have to get something for Melo before he leaves as a free agent and without him there won’t be anything to use as a selling point in 2015 when the Knicks are set to have a lot of money to spend.

That seems to be the feeling around the NBA as well as according to the New York Daily News Frank Isola, Anthony may not have a future in New York at all:

The general feeling among NBA players and coaches is that Anthony will walk, even if it means leaving $30 million on the table. LeBron James took less money to secure a championship future in Miami and Anthony has already been quoted this season as saying that James was “smart” to make such a move.

Someone will have a hard time convincing me that Anthony will stay as I simply don’t see a reason why he would at this point.

The Knicks 15-26 start to the season is a far cry from the 54-win team of last season and Melo knows it won’t get any better next season. He wants to win a championship and every week he spends in a Knicks jersey he gets further and further away from accomplishing that goal.

Of course everything anyone says and every rumor out there is pure speculation as there is still a half of a season left to be played and we have heard nothing of anything regarding his future come out of Anthony’s mouth.

But not trading him by the deadline is a big roll of the dice from the Knicks.

And the more you roll the dice, eventually you are going to crap out.

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