For some N.Y. Knicks fans, this is a blessing in disguise. For others, this is the straw that broke the camel's back.
Carmelo Anthony just might want out of New York.
According to the New York Post's Marc Berman, "Carmelo Anthony’s discontent with the Knicks organization became so severe after Monday night’s loss to the Bulls, he told a confidant he preferred to be traded before Thursday’s NBA deadline."
Many times regarded as the best all-around scorer in the NBA, 21.3 points per game puts Anthony at his lowest scoring average since his sophomore year in the league. He's also shooting a career-low 40 percent from the field and a paltry 30.8 percent from downtown.
Melo ended up in New York back in February 2011 after the Knicks traded what seemed like an entire starting lineup, consisting of PG Raymond Felton, SF Wilson Chandler, SF Danilo Gallinari, C Timofey Mozgov, PF Anthony Randolph and C Eddy Curry as well as a $3 million bonus and a 2014 first-round draft pick all for what they thought would be a star-studded scorer who would turn the Knicks franchise around.
But turn around the franchise he has, as the Knicks are far below .500 since the trade—including their latest six-game losing streak—and questions are arising, once again, as to whether Anthony and the rest of the roster can coexist.
Berman went on to say, "However, Tuesday night, a source said Anthony and D’Antoni spoke in an attempt to reconcile their differences and made headway. On Monday night, Anthony only wanted to remain a Knick if he had assurances D’Antoni wouldn’t be back next season."
James Dolan and the N.Y. Knicks' front office seem to have a tricky situation on their hands and must proceed with caution before losing their loyal fanbase.
While Melo is on one of the biggest scoring slumps in his career, he's still one of the better scorers in the NBA. Coach Mike D'Antoni's been catching heat from the media, fans and players since last season, yet somehow he's still around.
The choice seems somewhat obvious, but Berman referenced another source that called D'Antoni and general manager Glen Gunwald "like a couple."
If the Knicks were to explore possible avenues of trading Anthony and keeping D'Antoni, some notable players on the market would be Atlanta's Josh Smith—a facilitating combo-forward who would fit in beautifully with D'antoni's system—and Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings.
But the odds of them getting back any of the depth that they doled out for the superstar SF is incredibly unlikely.
So who gets the boot: Anthony or D'Antoni?
Kristian Winfield is a Featured Columnist on the Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @BriscoXCI