The biggest issue facing this franchise and the rebuild is we don't have the star power needed to seriously contend. I think everyone can agree that we will need at least one top shelf player, but most likely two, to contend in the East in the next decade. Right now we have a maybe and 2 possibles. Thats not a great hand anyway you look at it. The question then is how does the team plan on addressing this, and what are the options.
If you're not going to draft a superstar, you have to trade for one. Who is out there that can help this team, and may even be available? I've always thought the answer to that question was Carmelo.
1. He may be available in a year. With apologies to my NY brethren I've been rooting heavily for the Knicks to fail because I think that he is only moving if that situation is unsettled. With huge investments in Carmelo, Amare, and Chandler the team can not afford to underachieve. That means if there is another season of 8th seed results, there will be an opportunity to grab Anthony.
2. He will join this team if two things occur, first if we are in the playoffs and seen as needing the final piece, and secondly if we can give the Knicks back something of value in return (preferably equal to what they gave to Denver). I think both of those are achievable goals. Nene, Ariza, Ves and Booker/Crawford (s+t), a 1st and future 2nd should get it done.
3. I think that Carmelo can still reinvent his game as a rich man's Bernard King. The role he has on the national team is perfect. He's just the trigger to the gun, on a high paced team. He isn't expected to do too much defensively, and they don't run the offense through him per se. Its a role we can reprise here in Washington, with Wall and Beal this will be a fast paced team for the forseeable future. The offense will be run through Wall with Melo being the trigger man. He can do so much from the post, and he's a deadly shooter when left open. People still debate if Melo can be the top option on a championship contender, I think in Washington he can.