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Rotowire: Apr 24 / 6:22a ET
News: Anthony played just 40 games before undergoing season-ending knee surgery, finishing the 2014-15 NBA campaign with averages of 24.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.5 three-pointers in 36 minutes per game.
Impact: Anthony's initial season of his five-year, $125 million contract signed last summer can only be classified as a disappointment for he and the Knicks. To his credit, Anthony played most of the campaign with a partial tear of the left patellar tendon, before shutting down his season following New York's hosting of this year's All Star Game in mid-February. At that time, Anthony underwent a procedure to repair his torn knee, an operation that coincides with a four-to-six month recovery timetable. As a result, Anthony should be fine by the start of training camp, when he'll likely be joined by a plethora of new Knicks teammates. Still, when available this season, Anthony's production experienced a dip in most categories, as he adjusted to coach Derek Fisher's triangle offense. In that system, Anthony returned to primarily playing small forward, which contributed toward his drop from 8.1 rebounds last year to 6.6 this term. Additionally, with emphasis placed on opening mid-range shooting opportunities, Anthony's 1.5 three-pointers per game were his lowest since the 2011-12 campaign, with his scoring average of 24.2 also his lowest since then. However, Anthony was often forced to carry a cast of offensively inept teammates and he still would have finished fourth league-wide in scoring, had his average maintained itself over the course of this season. Putting the ball in the basket is undoubtedly Anthony's calling card in fantasy leagues and that should remain true next season, when the 30-year-old figures to be drafted in the first couple rounds in most formats.
Rotowire: Mar 13 / 12:20p ET
News: Anthony (knee) is coming along well following last month's surgery, and he could be back on the court in June, Newsday's Al Iannazzone reports.
Impact: This is just a bookkeeping note, as Anthony is out for the season, and his status for 2015-16 was never in doubt.