That question has been in the news for weeks.
Anthony had been linked to the New York Cavaliers, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns.
Those teams are all vying for a top-four spot in the NBA’s Western Conference standings, and they are competing for Carmelo.
The Knicks have been rumored to be willing to trade Anthony, but that hasn’t materialized until now, as they have just announced they have signed center Joe Dumas to a three-year deal worth $32 million per year.
The new deal doesn’t include a no-trade clause, but it does include an opt-out clause and has the Knicks committing to bringing in veterans this summer.
Anthony, the Knicks’ leading scorer this season, is one of the Knicks biggest assets and he could provide a solid core to build around in the next few years.
That’s exactly what the Knicks were able to do in this signing.
“He’s going to provide us with a lot of help and we’re going to have to make some moves in free agency to get him back,” Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said.
“But we have an outstanding group of guys.
We’re going in a direction, and that’s where Joe Dumascu is going to bring some stability to a team that hasn.t had stability.”
Anthony has missed four games, and he has been out with an undisclosed injury.
That has left the team on a rebuilding process, but they have also made a few trade moves, including acquiring center Andrei Kirilenko from Phoenix in the Timofey Mozgov deal and getting veteran forward Josh Richardson from Detroit.
All in all, the New Yorker has added a solid amount of firepower to an already talented roster.
However, Anthony’s departure could alter what the New Yorkers look like on defense, which remains an area of need.
Last year, they were a solid defensive team but couldn’t close out games against good teams, like the Washington Wizards.
This year, however, the offense will be a big part of what the team tries to build off this season.
That might be the case if the Knicks fail to qualify for the playoffs in their new era.
One thing that hasn, and probably will, change is the status of Carmelo Jr.
The first question facing the Knicks is whether the player who won Rookie of the Year last season will be able to continue playing at an All-Star level without being a free agent, a la Andrew Wiggins last season.
The Knicks’ front office said the answer is likely no.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, it is possible, but the Knicks will have to clear their salary cap before anything can be done.
He reports Carmelo has already agreed to an extension, so it’s safe to assume he will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, according to ESPN.
The front office will also have to decide whether to let Anthony play more regularly this season if the team is able to qualify, a situation that could happen as soon as next year if the Nets, Lakers and Suns are able to make it through the first round.
That would require Anthony to play more than 30 games or he would revert to his traditional role of point guard and not be a starter.
If the Knicks qualify for a playoff spot and start preparing to make a run, they have a lot to work on, starting with Anthony, who is one-half of an elite defensive tandem with Tyson Chandler.
They don’t need a second-tier guard as much to protect their title hopes as the Cavaliers and Suns, but Anthony will be the primary focus, according the ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The New York Post reported last week Anthony is looking for a four-year extension.
For now, though, the front office has an exciting group of pieces and they might have to give one of them up if the front offices intentions are to make the playoffs.