Carmelo Anthony believes the perception of the New York Knicks as an organization hurt the team's chances of signing free agents during his tenure there.

"I think just the business. Everything that was going on. The perception of New York Knicks ... not basketball but the organization," Anthony said Thursday when asked what kept the Knicks from landing a top free agent when he was there.

"I think it probably scared a lot of people away. Scared some people away. Not knowing the nuances and the ins and outs of kind of what was going on, who is in charge, who is not. So it was more than just basketball when it came to people making those decisions," he said.

Anthony played under four different team presidents/general managers during his tenure, along with four different full-time head coaches.

The Knicks had opportunities in 2015 and 2016 to add significant free agents.