If you’re still hung over (either metaphorically or literally) from the Double OT classic that eliminated the Rangers, here’s a big ol’ glass of pickle juice mixed with Irish Breakfast to get your head squarely back into the twitch-and-spasm-inducing mindset that is this summer’s serialized TV dramedy, “What The Eff Is Melo Going To Do?”
With apologies to the marketing wizards at TNT, the disembodied psionic entity we know as Woj just dropped some BOOM.
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is leaning toward leaving in pursuit of immediate championship contention, and awaits the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets to clear the necessary salary-cap space to sign him in free agency, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Anthony’s meeting with Knicks officials on Friday night had little impact on his state of mind, league sources said, because there remain too many uncertainties about how quickly president Phil Jackson can reshape the team into a championship contender.
Chicago and Houston front-office executives are working diligently on contingencies to clear the space to sign Anthony outright – or engage sign-and-trade scenarios with New York, sources said.
“His heart is in New York,” one source familiar with Anthony’s thinking told Yahoo Sports, “but he wants a chance to win now.”
Okay. Couple of thoughts here. If you’re of the opinion that the ‘Bockers/Phil need to undertake an actual rebuilding process, and that regardless of Melo’s otherworldly scoring talents, signing him to a max contract dooms the team to a series of 2nd Round exits at best, this is “good” news. Getting some picks, prospects and expiring deals from either the Meat Packers or the Lactose Intolerants (Houston has a law forbidding the sale of Limburger cheese on Sundays. Really) is a nice way to jump start the process.
If, however, you think that Melo can be the centerpiece of a contender, and that like Dirk in ’11 or AI in ’01 (or heck, a slightly better version of the 2012-13 team), it’s just a question of putting the right pieces around him, this is less fun.
I’ve been in both camps at various moments this season, and honestly, I’m still flip-flopping like a McCain. Gut response? I do think Melo’s out of here, even if Dolan walked up with an actual wheelbarrow of sweet cable currency and dumped it in his lap. There’s no actual information that I’m basing this on, mind you, just my trusty gut/intuition/vibes, mang. If I had to bet, I’d say he’s in Texas; a state that has no income tax. Quite the carrot to offset any salary loss, n’est pas?
Anyhoo, we’ll have plenty of time in the days and weeks to come to fuss and parse the tea leaves and read more rumors and gossip about the rumors and (ugh) scorching #HotTakes about how Melo’s selfish and/or greedy (even if he takes less money to leave, yes, still selfish/greedy), or ‘lacks the guts to stay in New York”/is a girly she-man, and…yeah. I think the thought of reading all of that gave me a headache far worse than any leftover Blueshirts sadz.