After a third straight season of missing the playoffs, Carmelo Anthony wants changes, but not necessarily that many.
Anthony has played for three coaches in three years and with more than 70 teammates since coming to the Knicks in 2011. He believes it’s long overdue that the Knicks focus on keeping the team together to build continuity. “That’s the most important part, having some consistency, a group of guys being together for a period of time and not just rotating everybody in and out each year,” Anthony said. “I think if we can establish that as a team and as an organization, you’ll start seeing us start taking steps forward.
“Guys feel more comfortable and more confident as a team. I don’t think guys can learn the [triangle] system right away being here for only a couple of months and then we rotate guys in and out. Guys need to be together for a long period of time in order for us to learn the system, master the system.”
Change is inevitable, though. It’s still up in the air as to whether interim coach Kurt Rambis will return, but he has sounded confident about his future lately.
The Knicks have only six players with fully guaranteed deals. Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams have player options. Afflalo isn’t expected back. A number of other Knicks likely won’t return, but Anthony said he hopes many do. “I would love to see guys come back and be together for another year, establish something and continue something that we already created,” he said.
The Knicks currently have about $18 million available for free agency. That number could grow depending on what Afflalo and Williams do and what other moves the Knicks make.
Anthony has said he would like to be involved in the free-agent recruiting process.
“If you have an opportunity to make additions in free agency, you should take advantage of that,” he said. “I think every team wants to better themselves during free agency.”