The latest NY Knicks rumors in 2014 arrive as superstar Carmelo Anthony achieved a new career-high on Friday night against the Charlotte Bobcats. Melo put in a 23-35 shooting performance along with 6-of-11 from downtown, and a perfect 10-of-10 free throws. The end result was a new best of 62 points, as well as 13 rebounds, for the star player that many NBA players and coaches believe is the biggest name in ongoing trade rumors prior to the season's deadline.
A Jan. 24 report from Buckets Over Broadway indicated that the Knicks don't believe their star player will ask for them to trade him away. However, a risk of the team keeping Melo around could be that he'll bolt from NYC before next season, and the Knicks will end up with nothing in exchange for him. Current Knicks head coach Mike Woodson recently told the NY Post:
"Melo I think is on board. I know he’s on board…He’s going to be there to the bitter end if it’s a bitter end. But right now he’s going to be there. I trust he’s going to stay there. We got to make sure everybody else is on board."
The Knicks will need to make some sort of decision by Thursday, Feb. 20, which is when the league's trade deadline arrives. While it's believed by the team and maybe some of the Knicks' faithful that Carmelo will remain part of the team through the end of the current campaign, he may have been giving a huge sign to interested teams that he's ready to step up for whichever suitors are interested. On Friday night, Carmelo put in his finest scoring performance ever, achieving 62 points in a 125-96 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Anthony's stat line included zero assists, zero steals and zero blocks, as well as one personal foul over his 39 minutes in the game, but he recorded half of his team's points in the blowout over the team that had been clinging to the eighth-best record in the Eastern Conference. The Bobcats have been without star point guard Kemba Walker, but had managed to win their first two games without him, first over the Toronto Raptors, and then Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. In Friday night's game the next-highest scorer was troublesome teammate J.R. Smith who had just 14 points. Point guard Raymond Felton added 11 while rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. had 10 points in the win.
Just last year, the Knicks won the Atlantic division behind 52 wins overall and looked like one of the contenders along with the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat in the East. This season, the team has looked like they'll be fortunate if they are able to secure a spot in the playoffs. Currently, the 16-27 Knicks are fighting with Cleveland, Detroit and Charlotte to get what looks like the final spot in the East as the 19-26 Bobcats have been there for at least a week now. Next up on the schedule for New York will be the Lakers on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.