The conversation about Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony's summer 2014 free agency opt-out has evolved quite a bit. Last summer it was "Anthony is sure to re-sign." Then it became "Anthony is extremely likely to re-sign." Then the Knicks started really losing and as the season got out of hand, it became "Anthony will probably re-sign."

Now we're in murky territory. As noted poet DMX once said, "It's dark and hell is hot." It's hard to see what happens with Anthony as he debates leaving nearly $30 million on the table or staying with a franchise that has moved past laughing stock and into "just sad" territory.

The New York Daily News reports one significant facet that people close to Anthony don't want to wait for a future rebuild. If the Knicks are going to keep him, they have to make moves this summer for next year, period.