The 11-year veteran is set to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer—and it’d be hard to blame him for dashing from the Big Apple, especially after this season.
New York can offer Melo more money than anyone else, but team president Phil Jackson has said that he hopes Anthony will stay "true to his word" and take less than a max deal, per Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal.
But if he’s going to take less, why wouldn’t he just bolt for a potential contender like the Chicago Bulls?
If Anthony leaves, the Knicks are in for some dark times—think Philadelphia 76ers with an older, more expensive roster and no draft picks—for at least a year or two, unless they can land a big-time free agent in the summer of 2015 or 2016.
There's a chance that after this season, Melo walks into the sunset and never looks back. There's also a chance that he plays out the rest of his career in New York.
Regardless, let's reflect on Anthony’s best moments during his three-and-a-half years with the Knicks.