Carmelo Anthony
SF NYK
3 months ago

Anthony "would be better off somewhere else", according to Knicks president Phil Jackson, ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Anthony had been subject of thinly veiled criticism from Jackson throughout the second half of this season, but in his year-end press conference Friday, the 71-year-old made no mistake that he sees Anthony's future elsewhere. Of course, Anthony would need to waive the no-trade clause that Jackson awarded him to make any move possible this offseason, but that decision is reportedly one Anthony is "leaning strongly" toward if the Knicks find a desirable destination for him. In 74 games this season, the 32-year-old Anthony, who still has two years worth roughly $54 million left on his contract, averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists.

Carmelo Anthony
SF NYK
3 months ago

Anthony will be available to play in Wednesday's game against the 76ers, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

It was reported on Tuesday that Anthony wasn't going to play, but it appears coach Jeff Hornacek has had a change of heart and will let Anthony take the court. It could be more ceremonial than anything considering this may be Anthony's last game played at Madison Square Garden, so it remains to be seen if he'll be on a full workload or restricted minutes. Either way, Anthony should take back his role as a starter and should at least get some minutes in his final game of the season.

Carmelo Anthony
SF NYK
3 months ago

Anthony will not play in the Knicks' season finale Wednesday against Philadelphia, Steve Popper of The Record reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Knicks initially deemed Anthony doubtful, but the team has since clarified that he'll be among several regulars sitting out Wednesday, joining Kristaps Porzingis, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Lance Thomas. It will be the third straight absence to end the year for Anthony, whose future with the Knicks is very much clouded as the offseason approaches.

Carmelo Anthony
SF NYK
3 months ago

Anthony is doubtful for the Knicks' final game of the season Wednesday against the 76ers, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

With the Knicks eliminated from postseason contention, coach Jeff Hornacek will likely opt to sit the 32-year-old forward in order to evaluate the team's younger talent. Assuming Anthony has played his last game of the season, he'll finish averaging 22.5 points on 43.3 percent from the field and 36.0 percent from three, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists across 34.5 minutes per game. If he's ultimately sidelined Wednesday, expect the likes of Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Justin Holiday to see run at the small forward slot, with Maurice Ndour, Kyle O'Quinn, Willy Hernangomez and Lance Thomas (hip) to possibly absorb some of Anthony's frontcourt workload.

Carmelo Anthony
SF NYK
3 months ago

Anthony will sit out Sunday's game against the Raptors for rest.

EDGE Analysis

Anthony will be getting a second consecutive game off for rest, with the Knicks attempting to get a better look at some younger talent on the team. With Anthony out, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Justin Holiday could see more minutes at small forward. It seems likely Anthony will also be held out of Wednesday's game against the 76ers, but his status should be updated later in the week.

Carmelo Anthony
SF NYK
3 months ago

Anthony will sit out Friday's game against the Grizzlies due to rest purposes, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

This doesn't come as much of a surprise given that the Knicks will be playing the second game of a back-to-back set and the regular season is drawing to a close. There has been no report as to whether or not Anthony's rest will extend beyond Friday's contest, but in his absence, look for both Justin Holiday, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Sasha Vujacic to all see extended run on the wing against Memphis.

Carmelo Anthony
SF NYK
4 months ago

Anthony (back) scored 23 points (9-25 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT) to go along with seven rebounds and two assists across 37 minutes during Tuesday's 100-91 win over the Bulls.

EDGE Analysis

Anthony didn't have his best night shooting the ball, perhaps partly due to the back issue that kept him out of the previous two games, but he doubled the number of shot attempts as his next closest teammate and led the squad in scoring by a comfortable margin. He was able to play a full compliment of minutes in this one and appears to be well enough to perform his usual role of volume scorer over the last few games of the season.

Carmelo Anthony
SF NYK
4 months ago

Anthony (back) has officially been cleared to play in Tuesday's matchup with the Bulls, Al Iannazzone of Newsday Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Anthony has missed the last few games with a back injury, but after testing the injury during pregame warmups, he's officially been given the green light to play. With Kristaps Porzingis (back) being unexpectedly ruled out, Anthony could see an increase in usage and could see time at both forward spots to make up for a lack of healthy bodies in the frontcourt. Justin Holiday and MIndaugas Kuzminskas could see a decreased role moving forward with Anthony now available.

Carmelo Anthony
SF NYK
4 months ago

Anthony (back) is expected to play in Tuesday's game against the Bulls, Steve Popper of USA Today reports.

EDGE Analysis

Anthony missed the last two games die to an unspecified back injury, but despite the season essentially being over for the Knicks, their star will still look to finish out the season strong. Should Anthony officially be made active Tuesday, Sasha Vujacic would likely return to the bench and Courtney Lee would return back to his original role as the team's starting shooting guard. Both Justin Holiday and Mindaugas Kuzminskas would likely see their roles off the bench reduced slightly with Anthony's return.

Carmelo Anthony
SF NYK
4 months ago

Anthony (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Celtics, Stefan Bondy of New York Daily News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Anthony will be missing a second consecutive game and the Knicks are likely in no hurry to get him back on the floor considering there's just two weeks left of the regular season and they've already been ruled out of playoff contention. He remains without a concrete timetable for a return, but his next opportunity to play will be Tuesday against the Bulls. Courtney Lee shifted over to small forward in the Knicks' last game and could do so again, while Justin Holiday and Mindaugas Kuzminskas could also see added time on the wing.