The New York Knicks have struggled once again this season and look likely to miss out on the playoffs for the third consecutive year - despite qualification still being mathematically possible.
Having held a record just shy of .500 at the end of January, the Knicks have fallen on hard times and are now 26-38 after a run of four wins in their last 20 games.
Despite rookie Kristaps Porzingis being a shining light at Madison Square Garden, it has been another bleak campaign that saw coach Derek Fisher given his marching orders.
With the end of the season approaching, franchises at the bottom of the NBA begin to have one eye on the next campaign as they assess their possibilities in the draft and free agency.
Carmelo Anthony recently stated the success of his friends has led to some self-doubt, but he knows what his role must be in the summer if the Knicks are to improve in the future.
During the previous off-season, the Knicks brought in center Robin Lopez, guard Aaron Afflalo and forward Derrick Williams but missed out on big targets DeAndre Jordan and Greg Monroe. Melo did not have much of a role in talks with free agents as Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher and Steve Mills took control, but the nine-time All-Star is prepared to take a different angle this time around.
With a free agency class that could involve the likes of Kevin Durant and Al Horford, the 31-year-old wants to be heavily involved with recruiting.
As per ESPN, he said: "Put me at the head of the table, and let's go to work. If we want this team to be better, if we want more pieces of this team, I don't have a choice but to go out there and do my job and try to get people to come.
"And for them to see it from my perspective [more] than anybody else's perspective -- see it from a player's perspective."
New York will have at least $18 million in cap space so have room to maneuver, and Melo wants to give people his perspective of what it is like to play in the Big Apple.
Rajon Rondo will also be a free agent in the summer and has already spoken with caution about a move to Madison Square, saying he does not think he would work in the triangle offense.
However, Melo does not agree. He said: "I don't want to be tampering - but I've heard he said he wouldn't thrive in a system like this. I think he'd be perfect in a system like this.
"Some of the keys of our offense is penetration, getting in the paint, pushing the pace, transition, creating in the paint for bigs, for yourself, everybody else.
"I think a point guard would love that, especially a point guard who can penetrate, create for yourself, create for others. I think it's a perfect opportunity for him."