"If he makes the choice to opt out, I think he's gone," said one person familiar with the matter."
Anthony opting out would hinder the Knicks' ability to build a winner around him. Knicks president Phil Jackson had asked Anthony in a meeting last month to opt-in on his final year to help the team acquire better players under the salary cap. (Iannazone, May 30).
The Knicks without Anthony isn't very appealing. Whenever a major star has asked out of a city the return is pennies on the dollar. Teams do benefit with draft picks if they agree to a sign-and-trade, but the track record of quick rebuilds isn't very good. (Kerber, June 22).