This summer has been filled with the familiar feeling of disappointment from the New York Knicks and their fans.
They had made the playoffs as the fourth seed in the 2020-21 season but failed to make the postseason last year, meaning they needed significant changes this offseason.
The big rumor was that Donovan Mitchell, a three-time All-Star who hails from Westchester County, would inevitably be traded to the Knicks as he wanted the Utah Jazz to trade him after seeing his All-Star teammate Rudy Governor. to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Instead, Mitchell was optioned to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
With training camp about to start, it looks like the roster New York has right now is the one they’ll start the season with.
He filled his last roster spot by signing guard MJ Walker, but there are still a couple of free agents available that the team could sign if it decided to drop someone else currently on its roster.
This is a move that has been talked about all summer, as Anthony has reportedly been interested in returning to the team he spent six and a half seasons with.
Back then, he was in his prime, averaging 24.6 points per game in his six full seasons in the Big Apple.
Throwback to when Carmelo Anthony dropped 62 PTS, 13 REB, 23-35 FG and set a Knicks franchise record at MSG.
— Hoop Tracker (@TheHoopTracker) January 29, 2021
But by 2017, Anthony was on the decline and has since played with four teams.
However, even though he is now 38 years old, it seems like he still has a bit left in the tank, as he put up 13.3 points in 26.0 minutes per game while shooting 37.5 percent from 3-point range for the Los Angeles Lakers on last year.
Anthony doesn’t seem like a great fit for a contending team, having been inconsistent offensively last year, and plays little to no defense to speak of.
But bringing him back to New York could be a nice sentimental move for a team that will likely be a gaming team at best, and Knicks fans will likely shower him with love.
It also makes sense since Anthony is originally from the borough of Brooklyn and went to college at Syracuse University in upstate New York.
The Knicks could use a few more 3s, especially at shooting guard or small forward, and Ellington could provide them.
In 13 NBA seasons, he has a 38.2 percent career shot accuracy from center, and last season he was 38.9 percent despite being 34 years old.
Ellington knows how to play with stars, having teamed up with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Anthony Davis, Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki, which will help him play alongside Julius Randle and open up the floor for him.
Additionally, he recently played for New York in the 2019-20 campaign.
At this point in his career, the 6-foot-4 guard likely won’t play very long, and may not play every game he’s available to play, much like an aging wide receiver or running back. in soccer. that he doesn’t play every down due to age.
But Ellington can still come in at any time and give his team what they need, like a doctor who’s on call heading to the hospital at 3:00 am to treat a patient.
Wayne Ellington sends us into overtime 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/7G0nbOikZQ
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 16, 2021
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