Former New York Knicks stars Carmelo Anthony and Jamal Crawford remain unsigned, and their old teammates are worried about them.

Anthony’s free agency is arguably the most controversial issue in the NBA today. And even now that the 2019-20 season has already started, still no team has signed Melo. Crawford, an NBA veteran who was also once a phenomenal Knicks star like Anthony, is apparently experiencing the same obstacle.

While many NBA players already expressed their thoughts about Anthony and Crawford’s case, the current Knicks team was recently asked about the fact that two former Knicks stars are still unsigned.

In an exclusive interview with Fanatics View, Knicks forward Kevin Knox stated that it’s “surprising” that two established names in the league are being snubbed this season. However, Knox is also aware that NBA is a business after all and this could be the reason why no team would sign Anthony and Crawford.

“There’s a lot of teams out there that can really could use their leadership,” Knox said about Anthony and Crawford.

“Definitely surprising but it’s all in business so I’m pretty sure each team has a reason why they don’t pick ‘em up,” Knox pointed out.

Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony is looming as the only option for the Lakers unless they opt not to fill in that last roster spot. Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks reacts after he is called for a foul in the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden on March 27, 2017 in New York City. Getty Images/Elsa

Allonzo Trier, on the other hand, referred to Anthony and Crawford as his “good friends.” According to him, the two can still contribute through scoring in various ways and he would love to see them still play.

“Kind of the same way. Both those guys are good friends of mine. They’re great dudes, great basketball minds. And I would love to see them in this league,” Trier stated.

Knicks veteran reporter Stefan Bondy also chipped in on the issue and revealed that Anthony has already moved on from not wanting to come out off the bench.

“His comments about not wanting to come off the bench, not wanting to be a role player, I feel like that might have hurt him a little bit but he ’ s progressed from that stance,” Bondy said.

Bondy even recalled the last time he covered Anthony ’ s game with Houston Rockets and described the 10-time All Star as “fantastic.”

“The last time I covered a (Carmelo Anthony) game, he was still with the Houston Rockets. He dropped 20 points on the Brooklyn Nets and he looked fantastic,” Bondy recalled.

Jamal Crawford
Jamal Crawford may have quietly ended his career by breaking Michael Jordan's old scoring record. Jamal Crawford #11 of the Phoenix Suns in action against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena on February 25, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Getty Images/Michael Reaves