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May 29, 2013

Report: Carmelo Anthony Wants The Knicks to Add Another Star to Roster

by Jared

Carmelo Anthony realizes that he can’t win a championship by himself. He realizes that when J.R. Smith is your second best player you can’t win. He’s realized that Amare Stoudemire will never be the same player. So now Carmelo is pushing the Knicks to add another superstar.

According to a source, Anthony has told a confidant he is concerned management will stand pat this offseason and said he believes the team needs to add a bona fide secondary scorer for the Knicks to take the next step and win a championship.

The source said Anthony loves combo guard Iman Shumpert, 22, and projects him as a superstar, but not for two seasons. The source also said Anthony privately wishes the club will add a significant piece to the roster and not be status quo.

The Knicks have nearly $75 million in committed payroll next season with just eight players on the roster. You can up that total when they re-sign J.R. Smith (likely for a little more than $5 million a year). That puts them over the tax line, so they are very limited in what they can do (they can’t do a sign-and-trade that brings in more salary, for example). They can’t even amnesty Amare because they already used their amnesty on Chauncey Billups. Sorry Melo.

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