Carmelo is saying all the right things, doesn’t mean he still won’t leave, but at least he isn’t pulling a Dwight Howard and botching the entire process.
When asked if he would take less money to acquire free agents to help him in NYC here is what he had to say.
“Without a doubt,” Anthony said while in New Orleans for All Star weekend. “Any opportunity I have to build that up in New York, I’d do it. I told people all the time, always say, if it takes me taking a pay cut, I’ll be the first one on (Knicks owner) Mr. [James] Dolan’s steps saying: ‘Take my money and let’s build something strong over here.”’
Unfortunately, the earliest the Knicks could be a real player in free agency is 2015 because they have so many older players still on their books (Amare makes $23.5 million next year for example).
I think it is 50/50 Melo stays or goes.