Chris Mannix: I Think It’s Possible Carmelo Is Released

After yet another lost season, the New York Knicks may move on from Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks haven’t made the playoffs since 2013 and have lost 50+ games in three straight seasons. Anthony also turns 33 in May.

Will Anthony get moved in the offseason?

“I don’t think he’s moved. I think it’s possible he’s released,” The Vertical’s Chris Mannix said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Phil Jackson, who is not exactly reading from ‘How to be a GM: 101,’ puts it out there that Carmelo is done here and it’s time to move on. Well, what do you expect a team to give up if they know that? And they also know that Carmelo has a no-trade clause so he’s going to veto any offer from the Memphis Grizzlies or the Orlando Magic or somebody else. There’s really no leverage there for the Knicks, and there really isn’t a big market for Carmelo anyway. Bottom line: I think they do this dance for a couple of months, and I think sometime before the start of next season, they release Carmelo and stretch the rest of his contract.”

As for the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Bulls beat the Celtics, 106-102, in Boston in Game 1 of their first-round series Sunday. Mannix was by no means stunned.

“Not all that surprised, just because of the circumstances,” he said. “Isaiah Thomas playing 24 hours after the death of his sister – he played well, but there were times last night where he looked completely out of sorts out there on the floor.”

Thomas had 33 points, six assists, five rebounds and one steal, but Boston was out-rebounded 53-36, including 20-12 on the offensive glass.

“The rebounding was going to be an issue for Boston coming into this series, and we saw just how glaring an issue it’s going to be with how Robin Lopez played, with how the Bulls were able to basically double up the Celtics on the glass.” Mannix said. “Isaiah and how he is mentally is a major issue for this team moving forward, but it’s matched by the fact that I’m not sure if Boston has the horses to keep Chicago off the glass.”

Lopez had 14 points and 11 rebounds, including eight offensive boards, while Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 30 points.

“It’s going to be a real test of Brad Stevens’ coaching to come up with some kind of scheme to make this work,” Mannix said. “Or if it’s not going to be a scheme, he might have to go away at times from an Al Horford, who played about 40 minutes last night. He may have to force-feed Tyler Zeller some more minutes. He may have to put bigger bodies in there just to keep the Bulls off the glass. Jimmy Butler was the star, but Lopez, to me, was the difference-maker last night for Chicago.”

Boston, the No. 1 seed in the East, was supposed to threaten Cleveland this postseason – and still might. But the Celtics need to find answers fast.

To be fair, though, Boston is still a year or two away from being truly dangerous.

“Look, they’re a 53-win team this year, but they are not close to where they are going to be,” Mannix said. “They have so many options to improve that team in the future. Jaylen Brown is going to be a star in this league. He has got all the goods to be one. Plus, if they get the first overall pick, whether it’s drafting Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball and keeping him or trading him for Jimmy Butler or Paul George or somebody like that, you have to believe that this Celtics team has the potential to be a 60-, 65-win team in the very near future.”

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