With Carmelo Anthony proving this season that he still has a place in the NBA, rumblings are starting to emerge regarding his future.
The Knicks seem to be interested; but Carmelo himself may be a different story.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Knicks president Leon Rose has had Anthony “on his radar” ever since Rose took over the Knicks in March.
But Anthony is coming off a revival with the Portland Trail Blazers. And from the sounds of things, it will be the Blazers who Anthony will give the first crack as a free agent this offseason.
“I pray that it could be Portland,” Anthony said after the Blazers were eliminated from the playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers. “Honestly, thank God I found a home in Portland. I got comfortable with the organization. I got comfortable with the guys on the team. They got comfortable with me.”
He also had more kind words about his situation in Portland last week:
“At this point in my career, I do think that that’s the best fit for me, the best situation,” Anthony said of Portland. “Especially having this experience now and kind of just getting my feet wet, coming in and being who I am and staying true to myself.
“I really hope that it can be Portland at the end of the day where we give ourselves a chance to keep this team together, get guys healthy and get another run at it.”
Anthony had a solid season for the injury-plagued Trail Blazers, averaging more than 15 points per game while shooting his highest percentage from the 3-point line since the 2014 season.