The Knicks made their expected big move as soon as free agency opened on Thursday night, signing point guard Jalen Brunson to a four-year deal worth just over $100 million.
But could New York bring back another familiar face in free agency this summer?
According to SNY NBA insider Ian Begley, if former Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony wanted to finish his career back in New York, the team would be open to bringing him back.
“Going back more than a year now, the idea if Carmelo wanted to come back and wanted to have his final year in the NBA here, my understanding was that it was on the table,” Begley said Friday “And I haven’t heard anything about it being off the table.”
Anthony, having just turned 38, is five years removed from his last All-Star campaign, which was with the Knicks in 2017, and he was the face of the team’s last playoff series win. Last year, with the Lakers, he appeared in 69 games and shot 44 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from downtown, showing he still could be a contributor off the bench to provide 3-point shooting in spurts.
If he wanted to take on that role back in New York, the Knicks could be open to a reunion.
“I think if Carmelo wants it and it could be a final season, I think that has been on the table,” Begley said. “I don’t know what he wants to do, and maybe the Knicks have changed their mind recently, but I know that had been talked about broadly going back to at least a year ago.”
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