Carmelo Anthony wasn’t tampering late Monday night in the visitor’s dressing room at The Palace of Auburn Hills when asked about 2015 free agent Kevin Love, but he clearly gave away how much he thinks of him.

As the Knicks front office readies to show Anthony its grand plan after the season for building a title-contending team, the 2015 salary-cap space and the potential addition of Minnesota’s monster power forward is high on the wish list. The Knicks, losers of seven straight after falling to the lowly Pistons and bearers of a 21-40 record, face Love and the Timberwolves Wednesday night at Target Center.
The Knicks expect to have cap flexibility starting this summer with a load of expiring 2015 contracts that have trade value, including Tyson Chandler’s. Chandler, who could be used as a pawn in a trade for Love, may see the writing on the wall, and Monday he wondered aloud if he wants to be around for the rebuild.

President Steve Mills was hired in September to guide the Knicks through this reconstruction. But who knew they would be starting from such a low point. The Knicks are all but assured of missing the playoffs without the benefit of a lottery pick, already racking up 40 losses with 21 games left. They need to go 20-1 just to finish .500.