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Monday, February 24, 2014
Opening Tip: Will Melo stay or will he go?

By Ian Begley

The Knicks have lost eight of 10 and are 5½ games out of the final playoff spot.

Nothing about this season has followed the script that players, management and ownership envisioned back in September.

Unless the Knicks can string together some wins to close the regular season, there really will only be two storylines to pay attention to from here on out: Mike Woodson's job status and Carmelo Anthony's free agency.

Looking at Melo's situation, could you blame him if he wanted to walk away from this team when he hits the free-agent market this summer?

Anthony has done all he can to lift the team this season, yet it is 14 games below .500. That must be pretty disheartening.

Carmelo said during the All-Star break that his priority is to sign with the Knicks. He also said that he'd take less money to re-sign with New York -- or another franchise -- if it put the team in better position to attract free agents over the summer.

Furthermore, Anthony said he'd like to see what kind of pitch Knicks management can put together in the offseason to show him that it is committed to building a winning team.

So plenty of factors are at play here, and a lot can happen before Carmelo signs his name on a contract.

But given how the Knicks have performed this season, do you think Anthony will stay or go? Could you blame him if he left?

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Woodson says the Knicks will have a better chance to re-sign Anthony if they make the playoffs.

Iman Shumpert said on Twitter that this season has been more frustrating than his eight-month ACL rehab.

A Staten Island man was arrested on a charge of aggravated harassment for threatening James Dolan's life on Twitter.

What's next: The Knicks will take on the Dallas Mavericks at home on Monday night.

Question: Given how the Knicks have performed this season, do you think Anthony will stay or go? Could you blame him if he left?

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