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The big question: How does Knicks front office shakeup impact Carmelo?

Sep 27, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT

Carmelo Anthony AP

In the end, everything that happens to the Knicks for the next nine months will be viewed through the prism of Carmelo Anthony.

Carmelo Anthony can and is expected to opt out of his contract this summer with the Knicks — that doesn’t automatically mean he’s leaving New York, he can get more money and five years security if he stays. In fact it’s expected he will stay (after how hard he fought to get there out of Denver).

But he COULD leave. So everything that happens will be about the Knicks moves to keep him happy.

That brings us to the surprising Thursday news that the Knicks were kicking Glen Grunwald to the curb and bringing in Steve Mills to replace him. Mills is a well-connected former Knicks executive, but not someone qualified for the GM job (he’s never been in that role before). Mills was the guy who helped give New York the Isiah Thomas era, why bring him back?

This all swings back around to Carmelo Anthony. Howard Beck of Bleacher Report tells the tale.

As one rival team executive said of Thursday’s moves: “It was all to keep Carmelo….

Anthony is said to be agitating for change, for help on the court, for reassurance that the Knicks are capable of acquiring elite talent. If he elects to stay next summer, it will have to be with the confidence that the Knicks can land another star in 2015, when they are expected to have millions in cap room.

The idea is that Grunwald may be the better overall exec but Mills is the guy who can bring in the star in 2015.

“I like Glen,” said the rival executive. “But Glen’s not going to get a free agent to come. Steve has a relationship with players.”

It’s not really about money with Anthony — while he would make a little more with the Knicks he has already made $113 .5 million in his career with more on the way.

It’s about winning and securing his legacy.

LeBron James will make the same decision in Miami, but there he has won two rings and the question he asks himself is if he trusts Pat Riley to be able to recruit quality players to Miami with me? Can Pat Riley sell the idea of living in Miami, competing for titles and not having to pay state tax to potential free agents? Things can change, but I have a good idea about the answer for that question.

If ‘Melo asks himself the same basic question — can the Knicks recruit another star to play with me in New York in 2015 — the answer doesn’t seem as clear.

We’ll see if Mills can change that perception. He has great ties to CAA (Anthony’s agency), but the question is still up in the air.

And the Knicks are trying to answer it to Anthony’s satisfaction.

  1. badintent - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    So If Melo changes agents to Jay-Z how does Mills mean anything ? Dolan did not think this out well. But it’s IS Dolan we talking about. Just sign Irving to NY and the conversation is over.

    Mr. Dolan, “It’s Mr. Thomas on the line. Do you want to take his call ?”
    The Nightmare continues.

  2. cantonbound13 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Hello Kyrie Irving.

    • onlyavoice - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      Anther Ball Hog, Extremely Injury Prone & Cannot Play Off The Ball.
      Stop Watching 3 Second Highlight Reals.

    • Kevin S. - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      When, in 2020?

      Or is Steve Mills’ mere presence with the club going to cause Kyrie to turn down a max extension and play for a $9 million QO just so he can go make less money on a worse team in New York? Because nobody’s getting him when he’s a restricted FA.

    • leahcima1 - Sep 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM


  3. 950003cups - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Knicks are such a stupid franchise! I hate Dolan! Sure, fire Grinwald, he did the sin of winning 54 games. Good thing they fired Walsh for getting the Knicks under the cap and making them competitive.

    Melo is as good as LA bound and rightfully so. Dolan is a complete spoiled little brat! Full fledged loser! Knicks are not gonna do anything for years to come. He’s gonna let the Nets just waltz over and run the town.

    • kb2408 - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:17 AM

      I’m not so sure the LAKERS want to hitch their wagon up to an aging Melo… that is unless he’s coming with another star player. An aging Kobe, Pau and Melo is not very appealing.

  4. 950003cups - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    The only good thing about that loser Dolan is that he’s also the same POS who is making the NY Rangers garbage too. So I can deal with that as a consolation prize. But as a Knicks fan, I wish Dolan would fall on the subway tracks when the express train is passing through.

  5. elcapitanfiscal - Sep 28, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Melo blows..

    He will never win a ring.. hes not a team player and does not focus on defense

    • program33 - Sep 28, 2013 at 4:07 AM

      Agreed. What if Lebron goes to New York?

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 28, 2013 at 4:30 AM

        Lebron with Chandler would be a strong tandem.

      • Kevin S. - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        For what, the taxpayer’s MLE? Or are Stat and Bargnani going to do NY a solid and opt out of the last year of their deals?

        Seriously, you Knick fans are so delusional.

      • jimeejohnson - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        If LeBron goes to the Knicks, CantonBound’s head would explode like a tiny little green pea that you smash with a spoon!

      • cantonbound13 - Sep 28, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        Why would you want LeBron? He needs at least 2 all stars and clutch shooters around him to win anything. He’s overrated!

      • leahcima1 - Sep 28, 2013 at 5:36 PM


      • leahcima1 - Sep 29, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        What am I missing here? Cantonjerk is saying that Bosh and Wade are all stars? Maybe cantonjerk is finally learning something about hoops.

  6. chiadam - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Gear everything towards retaining an overrated, one-dimensional ball stopper. Good idea.

  7. dysraw1 - Sep 28, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    now i like Melo as much as the next Knick fan,but lets not go overboard do i want him in a Knick uniform of course. i can also say that i don’t think any franchises rise and fall should depend on one player. i would like to think that a strong foundation is based on having several players being contributors i hear people say all the my team will never win a chip with Melo as the leader. and in my mind i think that should not be the case. this superstar status stuff is truly overrated

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