Carmelo Anthony Plans to Recruit Free Agents to NY Knicks in 2014 Offseason

Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistOctober 29, 2013

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With the 2013-14 NBA season just hours away, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony made two fascinating revelations.

First, he told the world that he'd get to work as a free-agent recruiter next summer.

Second, he admitted that he still has a rolodex.

Per Ian Begley of ESPN:

A rolodex, 'Melo? Really?

Somebody on the Knicks staff needs to inform the league's leading scorer about the contact lists that exist in every smart phone. It's great that Anthony is willing to make sales pitches to other potential free agents; he'll have to do that in order to build a next-generation contender in New York. But his outdated methodology is cause for concern.

Will he communicate with LeBron James or Dwyane Wade via carrier pigeon? Maybe he'll fire off a telegram to Chris Bosh or send up a smoke signal to Pau Gasol. If he's still using a rolodex to keep his acquaintances in order, those things are all still in play.

The Knicks probably don't care how Anthony reaches out, though; they're just glad that his latest comments imply an interest in re-signing with his current team. In an earlier release that surprised nobody, 'Melo made it clear that he was intent on testing out free agency.

Now, at least he's alluding to a willingness to stick around in New York.

His apparent plan to stay a Knick, along with his enthusiasm for helping to improve the roster are both good signs. But don't get too caught up in the good vibes, Knicks fans. There's still the pesky issue of figuring out how to afford both Anthony and another marquee free agent.

The Knicks are substantially over the cap through the 2014-15 season, and neither Amar'e Stoudemire nor Andrea Bargnani figure to exercise their early-termination options when 'Melo does. That means the Knicks are going to have to get very creative this summer if they want to clear enough space to bring in a running mate for Anthony.

Hopefully, the contents of 'Melo's rolodex isn't limited to guys who actually played in an era when those things were widely used. I don't think Buck Williams has much left in the tank.