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Friday, May 11, 2012
Melo would help front office with FA moves

By Jared Zwerling

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Carmelo Anthony would be open to giving GM Glen Grunwald and the Knicks' front office his opinion on potential offseason moves.

"I would like to stay out of it," he said on Thursday at the team's training facility, "but in order for us to get better, if it's something that the front office needs my opinion on, I'm there for them. But that's why those guys get paid the big bucks."

Based on what Jared Jeffries told ESPN New York's Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco on their radio show on Friday afternoon, Anthony's voice may come in handy. When Jeffries was asked what the Knicks' No. 1 priority in the offseason was he said a backup for Melo.

"I think if we can find a young, athletic three that can come in and kind of give Melo a break," he said. "I think this year, we relied so much on Melo at our three position that if we can get a young, athletic three that can come in and give us some scoring, but also a lot of defense, that will be big for us.

"I feel like because Melo is so versatile, he can move to the four some. So if Amare does get tired, Melo can move to that position. But I feel like if Melo moves to the four, we had to go really small at our three. We go with Landry, we go with Shumpert. If we can find somebody, like a Kawhi Leonard [of the Spurs], a knock-down 3-point shooter at the three that can also play defense for the right kind of price, because this year we have so little cap room, you bring him in. Now you can move Melo to the four and still big at three position."

Do you agree with Jeffries? If not, what kind of key player do you think the Knicks should target in free agency (besides Jeremy Lin), keeping in mind they'll only have a biannual exception for roughly $2 million and then several veteran's minimums for $1.4 million each?

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