Phil Jackson was hired by the Knicks to oversee basketball operations back in March, his main goal was to retain Carmelo Anthony. The superstar who was almost certain to leave after a disastrous 2013-2014 season. Melo sign a 5 year, $129 million on Saturday. This gives him and Jackson enough time to build a terrible team in to a contender.
Carmelo is taking more money to stay. I see this as Melo getting his money, and if it doesn’t work out, he can be traded. Melo loves and always has loved his money. Phil Jackson has the piece he needs to build a winning team.
However, this is going to take time. They have Derek Fisher as their new coach, in a complicated triangle offense. The Knicks do have a lot of young talent, with Tim Hardaway Jr, Cleanthony Early, and now Shane Larkin, who they acquired in a trade with Dallas. The Knicks also received Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert and Wanye Ellington for big man Tyson Chandler. Not only is Chandler injured a lot, but has a massive salary hit, considering his production at $13 million. Its a nice amount of assets for the Knicks.
Remember, Melo had other options. We waited a long time for his announcement. The Knicks got worried that Melo was leaving for the Bulls or Lakers. It came down to those teams. Melo attracted criticism after touring the country and visiting teams. The Rockets were eliminated pretty early for what they presented, including a controversial picture of Melo in a Rockets uniform, with Jeremry Lin’s No.7 jersey on and well, it didn’t matter. He’s out of there.
See, I thought the Rockets and Bulls were going to have great off seasons. I thought both of them had great shots at Melo, although, sometimes, it comes down to how much you paid others. Money was the issue in Chicago. He would of made a little more than half of what he’s going to make in New York. In Houston, the real problem, in my opinion, was shots. See, that’s what happens when you have to many superstars on one team, people get unhappy because they don’t see the ball. We saw this with the Lakers in 2012-2013.
Overall, Melo’s best fit was in Chicago, but money was the down side to that. Staying with the Knicks is better than going to the Lakers. It also sounds like LaLa, his wife, was very insistent on staying in New York. It’s not on her, but it sounds like that was part of it. If Melo never wins a championship, this will be the decision that people point to, but, I think it will work out.