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Carmelo Anthony says he will recruit players to New York… in 2015

Oct 30, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony once again sounded like a guy not going anywhere this summer when he can opt out — he talked with Newsday Tuesday about wanting to recruit players to New York, not being recruited.

It was return fire at Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith at TNT, who questioned ‘Melo’s ability to lead a team to a title on the court or recruit players to New York to do it with him.

“They don’t know what I’m doing,” Anthony said after practice. “I haven’t had a complaint yet in my 11 years in this NBA about playing with me. I think people would love to come to play in New York. And when that time comes, we’ll be working on that.

“I have a big black book. I have a big Rolodex. People that talk about what’s going on with me in the offseason, this and that, I should be getting people to come here, I am. I’m trying.”

So the good news is he sounds like he’s staying put… not that we really thought he would leave. And I don’t question that he can be a fairly effective recruiter because teammates do like him, plus he  gets to pitch the bright lights (and marketing opportunities) of New York.

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He’s also got a year to work on his sales pitch. He can hone it on some smaller fish.

Unless Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani opt out of their deals this summer — and they are not, those two know they are never getting a payday anywhere near this big again, $23.4 million next season for Stoudemire and $11.5 million for Bargnani — the Knicks are not going to have the cap room to go after name players. Remember Anthony is scheduled to make $23.3 million and even if he opts out and re-signs in New York that number will be in that ballpark.

The Knicks have $92 million on the books for next season if everyone opts in (via Mark Deeks and Sham Sports). That is way over the salary cap and luxury tax line (likely around $76 million) — the Knicks will not have the room to recruit free agents next summer, other than keeping their own.

In 2015? Maybe, they have $13 million on the books, plus whatever they re-sign Anthony for. But they may also try to stay under the luxury tax line at that point, looking to avoid the repeater tax that has kicked in. Still, they can go after a name then, that’s when the Rolodex comes in handy….

Well, if anyone actually used a Rolodex anymore. We just call them contacts in our iPhones now.

  1. rodge1 - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Carmelo will be able to sell the fact that new players won’t have to worry about taking shots because Melo will take them all. Another selling point is new players will excel in defense since Carmelo won’t be playing any.

    • fanofevilempire - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      you may think you are funny now but wait til ya mommy gets home and spanks you
      for using the computer.

    • homieshome - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:16 AM

      Carmelo Anthony reaches highest PPG in the league. Why shouldn’t he take the most shots? Idiot, Kobe does the same thing only he’s worse

  2. beach305 - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    They are way way over the cap number.

    • fanofevilempire - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      no kidding, that’s why they wrote the story genius.

  3. 00maltliquor - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Sad. Knicks ain’t winning nuffin the next 2 years with those albatrosses on the books woofing down cap space like that. Thay trade for Bargs was ridiculous. It was a pressure move that made things worse.

    And who uses a Rolodex still?? I haven’t used one since Middle school in the mid-90’s! LOL

    • 00maltliquor - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      *that

    • marcusfitzhugh - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      The Bargs trade was ridiculous? Which part of Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, and Quentin Richardson’s game was going to propel the Knicks into the Finals? Are Camby and Rich on a squad? No huh?

      Was it the salary numbers? Lets see, Bargs has two years at 23.3M versus Novak with 3 years at 10.8M AND Q-Rich at one year and 1.4M AND Camby with two years and 7.5M. That’s a difference of 3.6M over three years. Yeah, right, that’s going to break the Knicks.

      Or was it the draft picks? The Knicks had the 2nd best record in the east last year, exactly where did that place them in the draft?

      Oh no, I get it, it was Melos use of the word “Rolodex”, because you didn’t know it’s a term / phrase / expression.

      • jimeejohnson - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        Major bro Maltliquor mahn is big on sarcasm. Ever hear of it?

      • homieshome - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:21 AM

        @00Maltliquor, Hahaha oh Knicks “Ain’t gone win nuffin”? You may not have used a rolodex since middle school but i havent talked like a ghetto tupac wanna-be since middle school. Learn how to talk like a grown man you pathetic trashbag

      • antihypocritz - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:40 PM

        “Or was it the draft picks? The Knicks had the 2nd best record in the east last year, exactly where did that place them in the draft?”

        This is why the Knicks haven’t won anything, NOT A THING, since the 70s…

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:54 PM

      Bro: Lakers ain’t winning nuffin neither, mmkay!

  4. rodge1 - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    @fanofevilempire

    Your mommy is here now. She says don’t wait up for her tonight from your room in the basement…

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      You make yourself look like the same kind of lowlife evilempire is.

  5. shuttaman1990 - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    He’ll try, and then fail. Then he will bolt to the Lakers.
    Hug him tight NY, its the last year! Lakers, respect our gangsta!

  6. alexb1234 - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    nobody is winning the title for the next two years besides Miami anyway….in two years rondo comes to the knicks as a free agent and the knicks win a ring….book it

    • cmehustle - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      Ok, except Miami is facing the same problem. Lebron can opt out, which by the way so can Wade and Bosh though neither one of them will see max money ever again. I think Lebron is 50/50 on going back to Cleveland. Unless you know for a fact he’s coming back there’s no way you can say Miami will win for the next two years.

  7. yousuxxors - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    how van he recruit anything when they have stats horrible contract on the books

  8. yousuxxors - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    the barges trade was so the Knicks have cap space after next season.

    • antihypocritz - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      They traded 3 draft picks to gain $3.5 million in cap space? bwahahahahahahahahahaha

  9. jimeejohnson - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Melo’s the mahn. He can shoot the lights out of an arena. Surround him with REAL talent and you’ll give the Knicks a chance to win it all.

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