The New York Knicks will certainly hope to retain Carmelo Anthony this offseason, but it would be smart to prepare for the worst-case scenario, particularly since teams actually playing in the postseason might be in position to acquire him. Here's Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports with the latest rumored destinations for Anthony:
Anthony has free-agent options, and two have risen above everything else: Chicago and Houston, sources with direct knowledge of his plans told Yahoo Sports. The Bulls have an easier path to clear the necessary salary-cap space to sign Anthony, but the Rockets believe they can shed the contracts necessary to offer a third near-max deals alongside Dwight Howard and James Harden, league sources said.
"He'll give New York every option," one source with knowledge of Anthony's plans told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday. "But he has options – and he's going to explore them all."
If Anthony is willing to pass up the extra year and $30 million New York can offer, what should be done to account for his loss? Even with Anthony gone, the Knicks won't be under the cap this offseason, so in that sense, the team is limited.
That being said, there are still steps to take in the recovery process if Anthony leaves. Here's the disaster plan the Knicks should prepare if Anthony walks in free agency.