It’s no secret that Carmelo Anthony wants to return to the New York Knicks.
The only question is will he?
With that being said, “Melo has had this fantasy of teaming up with his good friend LeBron James and reports suggest that he is holding off making a decision on the “faint hope” that LeBron will join him in New York.
Yesterday I looked at the fact that Anthony could be holding out hope to join James in Miami, but he still has his fingers crossed that the duo could play together in the Big Apple.
Unfortunately it is the long shot of all long shots to happen.
The New York Post’s Marc Berman took a look at exactly how big of a long shot it would be.
According to a friend of Anthony’s, Melo has held out faint hope Knicks president Phil Jackson can pull a miracle and clear out the necessary salary-cap space to get it done, but he is running out of time. Anthony’s decision could come in the next couple of days.
It would require Jackson to ship out Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani’s expiring contracts, and for Anthony and James to take less than the max. Iman Shumpert might have to be dealt, and the rights to Jeremy Tyler renounced.
However by all signs Jackson would have to include Tim Hardaway Jr. in a deal to get someone to take either contract off the Knicks hands and that is not likely to happen.
At the end of the day I wouldn’t get my hopes up of James and Anthony playing together.
If they do join forces, there is very little chance it will be in New York.