Posted January 2, 2014 by Luis Mercado in Sports

Carmelo Anthony May Leave Knicks For Los Angeles, Chicago

The New York Knicks need help fast. And they may lose their superstar due to their dysfunction.

With the struggles of the Knicks this season, rumors are beginning to swirl on if Carmelo Anthony will leave his hometown team during free agency after the season.

An anonymous former teammate told Frank Isola of the New York Daily News that leaving would just be a formality after the season.

“I think he’s leaving. I’ve played with Melo for a long time and he knows he can’t win here. At this stage, all he wants to do is win. That’s why he’ll leave.”

According to the New York Post, Anthony is afraid of becoming the next Stephon Marbury. A superstar in his own right that got traded to New York and dragged the team down with his arrival. If he leaves, he could go to another big city in either of the two Los Angeles teams or to the “Windy City.”

Though still undecided, there’s part of him that may want to bail if he thinks the Knicks’ ship completely sinks. He does not want to be the scapegoat.

Anthony wants to play for a winner, but desperately wants to play in a big market because of his business ventures — his Jordan Brand sneaker line, his PowerCoco energy drink, his watch deal.

That is why New York, Los Angeles, where he has a home, and even Chicago are on his short list, according to a source. The source said the Clippers — with buddy Chris Paul — are more attractive than the Lakers, though the purple-and-gold have cap space and the Clips don’t.

[…] But Anthony’s preference is to remain with the Knicks if he sees a solid plan in place — one that could include Kevin Love in 2015. It was one of the chief reasons president Steve Mills was hired and Glen Grunwald fired. Owner James Dolan and his lieutenants thought Mills could convince Anthony of their future plan better than Grunwald, who didn’t have a relationship with Anthony

Fans are already starting to come for Anthony’s head as his arrival has not created a championship for the starved franchise, and fans are beginning to become impatient with a team that is currently 9-21.