Mar 23, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) celebrates after scoring during the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Charlotte Hornets could pursue Carmelo Anthony

They got their old name back, now the Charlotte Hornets are looking to add a new star.

Mar 21, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gives two thumbs up during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Knicks defeated the Sixers 93-92. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off their first playoff appearance since the 2009-10 season, Michael Jordan is looking to add a big time free agent and New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony could be his top target.

Anthony has made it know he wants to win and in this scenario would have to take less money to head to Charlotte but sadly some of this speculation makes sense.

Melo has an endorsement deal with Jordan’s shoe company and sadly the Hornets are in much better shape to win in the Eastern Conference than the Knicks are right now.

Add Anthony to a group that already includes Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker and that is a legitimate “Big Three,” one of the better trios in all of the NBA to be exact.

Rick Bonnell and Ben Weinrib of The Charlotte Observer wrote about the idea:

He has an early termination option that could make him unrestricted this summer. The questions abound: Would he want to be in Charlotte, particularly considering he’d take a significant pay cut by not re-signing with the New York Knicks? And Clifford’s occasional concerns that the ball “sticks” (doesn’t move quickly enough) could only multiply with Melo around…

…Anthony supplies shooting the Hornets need and also supplies offense that the Hornets haven’t seen at small forward. He, Walker, and Jefferson all need the ball a lot, so it would be interesting to see how that trio would split touches.

At the end of the day while I like the idea of seeing Anthony, Walker and Jefferson on the same team, it is all a pipe dream.

Over the course of the next couple of months, teams are going to come out of nowhere and suddenly be linked to Anthony, but at the end of the day if he were to leave the Big Apple it would be for a team in a major market that he feels could contend for a championship as early as next season.

While the Hornets are in much better shape than the Knicks, they don’t exactly qualify.

 

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