NEW ORLEANS — Another day, another Carmelo Anthony free agent flashpoint.
This time Melo said he’d take less money if the Knicks made enough moves to surround him with a winning team. Melo said he had enough to retire right now and added: “As far as the money, it really don’t matter to me. If I go somewhere else, I get paid, If I stay in New York, I get paid.”
Well. Where do we start? It’s nice that Anthony is all about winning at this stage of his career — who isn’t? — but suppose he was asked to make, oh, $12 million a season, about $10 million under his so-called value? What then? It’s nice to talk about taking a pay cut in February but July is when we’ll see if Melo will put his discount where his mouth is.
Anyway, it won’t come to that. The Knicks are willing to go beyond the luxury tax limit because they can. So any talk of taking a pay cut is just that, talk. It accomplishes nothing except maybe makes Melo look good with the fan base.
The Knicks don’t need Anthony to take a pay cut. They need someone in their front office who knows how to skillfully manage the cap while adding enough pieces over the next 2-3 years, while Anthony is in his prime, to make a run at a title, something they haven’t won in 41 years.
Melo is all but guaranteed to re-sign with the Knicks because they’ll pay him the most money and his wife has social and business ties to New York. But just wait, next month will bring another piece of “news” in this ongoing Melodrama.