Blogtable: NY’s plans with ‘Melo, without

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VIDEO: Howard Beck breaks down the news around the Knicks and free agent Carmelo Anthony

> You’re Phil Jackson. What do you do with the Knicks if Carmelo Anthony leaves? What if he stays?

Steve Aschburner, NBA.com: I refuse to answer the first question because it ain’t happening – Melo’s going nowhere. The money, the attention and now the capability to claim he’s staying for Phil Jackson‘s “vision” (when it’s really the money and the attention) keep him right where he is. So with Anthony on board, Jackson will have to cue up some of the share-the-ball-you’ll-get-it-back teachings to Michael Jordan from back in the day. And he’ll need to lure Kevin Durant, LeBron James and/or Kevin Love to Manhattan because Jackson has limited experience with a roster that doesn’t boast one or two of the league’s top half dozen guys.

Fran Blinebury, NBA.com: If Anthony leaves, you pat James Dolan and the Knicks franchise on the head and make a beeline back to Playa del Rey and Jeannie Buss.  If he stays, well, you might want to do that anyway.  New York is not a market that has the patience or the long-range vision to do what’s necessary, which is why with the exception of a couple blips on the radar screen the Knicks have spent the past 40 years peddling the false notion that they’re contenders.

Jeff Caplan, NBA.comIf Anthony leaves, you celebrate? Really, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. A max contract is a cap-stuffer particularly as Melo plays into his mid-30s. Him leaving would totally free up Phil Jackson to remake the roster in 2015 when potential free agents include Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol and Goran Dragic. If Anthony stays, Jackson is already on the right track by trying to unload Amar’e Stoudemire‘s $23.4 million contract without taking much back. If Anthony returns, he knows 2014-15 is only a bridge to next summer when the Knicks, even with Melo’s max deal, will be flush with cap space to go nuts.

Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com: Nothing much I can do if he leaves. Square 1 is Square 1. Maybe try to extract a couple picks/player(s) if it’s a sign-and-trade, but draft choices wouldn’t be paid out for at least another season and maybe, if it’s the Lakers, several. I might like the appeal of something close to a blank slate lineup wise while still having salaries to untangle, but I would also realize that’s the positive spin on “Ummmm … errrrr … let’s see here….” If Carmelo stays, I know there’s a better chance to land free agents in future summers and a quicker path to wins. Anthony plus Jose Calderon’s shooting plus Tim Hardaway Jr. coming off an encouraging rookie season is a decent start on the re-build.

Sekou Smith, NBA.com: Listen, as much as I’d love to be rich, famous and have more rings than your neighborhood jeweler, I wouldn’t want to be Phil Jackson in New York if and/or when Carmelo Anthony spurns the Knicks for either Chicago, Los Angeles or that dreaded outfit in Miami. The haters will be merciless if ‘Melo bolts after receiving a max offer to stick around. If ‘Melo stays, Phil has to include his max-earning superstar on his rebuilding plan, which has to include making a monster splash in free agency in 2015 (Melo and Kevin Love is a great place to start with the East Coast Triangle). ‘Melo doesn’t get to choose his new teammates, but he at least needs to be consulted in some form or fashion, because he’s going to be right up there with Phil and James Dolan on the fall guy list if this experiment doesn’t work out.

Lang Whitaker, NBA.com’s All Ball blogCarmelo, you’re not leaving $30 plus mil on the table. We need you. But not for this season — the Knicks this season aren’t going to be much better than they were a season ago. Then again, they can’t be much worse. But after this season, Stoudemire and Bargnani come off the books and clear up about $35 million in cap space, and suddenly we can be players in free agency. The triangle offense starts to take hold, and now we’re in the mix, particularly in the weak Eastern Conference. By the way, Cleanthony Early is going to be a steal, and our system will make contributors out of guys who had been overlooked in the past. So it’s going to take some time, but be patient. What, ‘Melo, you thought the Lakers would contend right away?

Karan Madhok, NBA India: If Anthony leaves, I’ll be hoping that the always-expectant Knicks fans stay patient for one more year of awful basketball. By this time next year, the Knicks will have a ton of cap space and some interesting free agents (Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo, LaMarcus Aldridge, and, if he signs just a one year extension, maybe even LeBron James) available on the market to recruit to New York. If Anthony stays, I’ll be hoping to convince another contributor (like Pau Gasol, who has experience with Jackson) to sign for cheap, but still sell the team the idea of thinking the future before the present, and the idea of a big offseason in 2015 if they can suffer through a quiet one this year.

Marcelo Nogueira, NBA Argentina: I would start a new age where “the team” would be more important than a star player. If Carmelo stays, it won’t be good for the Knicks. If he leaves, the Knicks have a better opportunity to rebuild, Jackson style.

Guillermo Garcia, NBA Mexico: If Anthony’s still on the team, I’ll try to reinforce the club with another big player … maybe one with the name Gasol?

7 Comments

  1. Karlo Garcia says:

    If I were Phil Jackson I would have a plan A,B or C. Have a planned out idea or list of the players u would sign and trade in exchange for Carmelo Anthony. If he stays then u would have to put on your zen acting skills to the test and convince Carmelo Anthony one way or another that the New York Knicks would be a contender which ever way possible.

  2. Sekou Smith: I wouldn’t want to be Phil Jackson in New York if and/or when Carmelo Anthony spurns the Knicks for either Chicago, LA or Heat

    Jeff Caplan: Him leaving would totally free up Phil Jackson to remake the roster in 2015 Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol and Goran Dragic.

    I have been told that Phil Jackson came to NY to build something new, rebuild things (especially NOT coaching the team) etc etc. He had the balls to dismiss Mike Woodson & his staff & get a rookie coach as a sign of change. So the question now is: does PJAX has the guts to let Melo go too? If rebuilding is his main mission than letting Melo leave would be the logical adjustment. SIGNING him to THE MAX…….IS LIKE DIGGING YOUR OWN GRAVE!!

    So I’m going with Jeff on this one.

  3. ELDiablO says:

    of all response above only Marcelo Nogueira, NBA Argentina gave his best answer regarding the topic..short response but full of meaning…

  4. harrythehawk says:

    I don’t blame Carmello Anthony for staying in New York. People first (La La and son) then money then things.

  5. Max says:

    What a mess? Thought Love was still under contract until 2015? Love would not be any closer to being on a champion team, playing for the Knicks. Until the Knicks unload their two shooters only players in Melo and Amare, Knicks cannot make it to the promise land. Look at the Knicks after they have spent so much cash on these two player that can do 0 except shoot. Well known names do not make a Championship team. Not even a Conference winner. Notice Phil Jackson has not allowed himself to be the Knicks coach? Phil no fool. Knicks have spent so much $$$$$ and no closer to winning anything awards. SAD! Spurs,Rockets, & OKC all in the West and the splinter team known as Indiana in the EAST. Well that appears to about cover the 2015 Playoffs. Chicago? So far? Rose has not been proven to be the player before his injury & Noah good for his position only. Chicago has a long way to go to get back to being a winner. One more Item, Pau Gasol? Almost injured as much as Steve Nash. Now who can Gasol help? NOT!