Carmelo Anthony has been the lone-ranger in New York for quite a while now.
But, over the past two years, the landscape in the Big Apple has changed significantly.
First, Kristaps Porzingis arrived via the fourth pick in the draft in 2015.
Then, this summer, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah joined from the Chicago Bulls via a trade and free agency respectively.
After three years in the postseason wilderness, now the Knicks fancy themselves as plausible challengers to the Cleveland Cavaliers' crown.
However, that doesn't mean that Melo hopes they lose any of their players. Especially a former teammate and the still unattached, J.R. Smith.
“I don’t know what’s going on with that,” Anthony told nydailynews.com. “I hope they don’t prolong the situation. He helped win the championship. He was a major part of that team. I hope they can get that done.”
Anthony is known to be a close friend of LeBron James, the leader of the NBA champions.
James, in turn, is said to be a massive fan of Smith, too. Could this be an extended way of LeBron saying he wants Smith back?
It's perfectly conceivable that Anthony and LeBron would have had a conversation to that effect this summer.
Or, maybe, Melo just likes to see a professional get what they deserve.