Carmelo Anthony has done a good job keeping his mouth shut during the 2013-14 season, and the aftermath of the trade deadline didn't change that.
The New York Knicks superstar has had many opportunities to complain about what's happened this year, but he's staunchly remained the good soldier that this organization needs him to be. Sure, he's mentioned a few things that haven't gone right, but the majority of the time he's been content to zip up his lips.
Carmelo has been optimistic all year. But..."It’s being tested for sure. It’s definitely being tested."— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) February 23, 2014
After the team's double-overtime loss to the Orlando Magic directly following the deadline, 'Melo said to Marc Berman of the New York Post, "We didn’t make any moves. Should we have or not? That’s not for me to say. We didn’t, we move on. We have the same team and have to move on."
It's relatively shocking that New York chose to hold tight leading up to 3 p.m. ET on Feb. 20.
Iman Shumpert had been firmly embroiled in trade talk throughout the season, and there seemed to be a general feeling of panic about the point guard situation. Would Kyle Lowry or Rajon Rondo join the squad and replace Raymond Felton? Would the Knicks make a play for Jeff Teague or Andre Miller?
They did nothing.
Truth be told, Anthony had a right to speak up.
This Knicks team is going absolutely nowhere, as evidenced by the 21-35 record it now owns following a loss to the slumping Atlanta Hawks. The current personnel just don't have the ability to move up much further than the bottom portion of the playoff picture, and even there, they'd be nothing but sacrificial victims for the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
If New York were really intent on winning this season, it would've worked even harder to find a realistic trade. One surely existed.
That said, even a move wouldn't have made this team highly competitive when squaring off with an elite squad. So in a way, his indifference is understandable, because 'Melo understands that it's all about the offseason moves.
"No deal the Knicks would have made at the deadline would have improved the team enough on paper to guarantee a playoff spot via a second half push," wrote NBC Sports' Brett Polakoff. "Anthony likely realizes that, which is why the question of what the team will do in the offseason is far more important to him than the one of what could have happened at the deadline that has already passed."
Unfortunately, there are quite a few questions the team has to deal with this offseason.
Will Carmelo Anthony stay with the New York Knicks beyond the 2013-14 season?
"That time is going to come," Anthony told Berman during All-Star weekend. "When that time comes, everything will be laid out on the table. If they can counter that we have a long future ahead of us."
When Anthony is ready to hit free agency and trying to figure out if he likes the Knicks' long-term plan, one that likely involves making major moves during 2015 free agency, that's when everything matters.
That's when he should be asked about New York's decisions, and that's when he can no longer pretend to remain indifferent.