Did Carmelo Anthony Make The Right Decision By Returning To The Knicks?
Carmelo Anthony is officially coming back to the New York Knicks. After meeting with a handful of teams earlier this month—including the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, and Houston Rockets—weighing his options, and thinking long and hard about his future in the NBA, Carmelo ultimately decided that New York City is the best place for him right now. So on Saturday, he agreed to a five-year contract worth about $122 million, which will likely end up keeping him in the Big Apple for the remainder of his career. But did he make the right decision by returning to the Knicks? Or should he have taken his talents elsewhere this summer?
It depends on which way you look at it. In reality, the Knicks are not a championship contender at the moment. In fact, they’ll probably be lucky just to sneak into the NBA Playoffs next season with the roster that they currently have constructed. They’re not a great team right now. So Carmelo could have given himself a better chance to win a championship by signing with a team like the Bulls or Rockets. But at the same time, had he won a title with Chicago or Houston, he wouldn’t have been the one to get credit for it. He essentially would have done exactly what LeBron James did a few years ago when he left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat. So by re-signing with the Knicks, Carmelo is committing to ride things out with the Knicks, which will ultimately pay off if Phil Jackson can turn the Knicks into a contender. If the Knicks win a title with Carmelo, he’ll go down in Knicks and NBA history as the guy who brought a title back to New York City.
Regardless of where Carmelo signed this summer, there were going to be some question marks surrounding his decision. But at the end of the day, we think that Carmelo made the right move by staying put in New York. He signed the biggest contract he possibly could. He put himself back into one of the biggest markets in the NBA. And he trusted Jackson with his well-being both now and in the future. What more could he have asked for?