Carmelo Anthony: Waiving no-trade clause ‘would just make me weak’
Carmelo Anthony came out Friday and vehemently denied reports that he is considering waiving his no-trade clause with the New York Knicks in order to effectuate his way out of town.
“Come on, man. After all the work I did to get here and get back here? If I was to get up and want to leave now that would just make me weak, make me have a weak mind,” Anthony said Friday morning in Boston, per ESPN.com. “I’ve never been a person to try to run from any adversity or anything like that so I’m not going to pick today to do that.”
Marc Berman of the New York Post reported Thursday that Anthony would be amenable to waiving the no-trade clause although there is no indication he has any desire to be dealt.
“He thought things would be better than this, but he still wants to stick it out for now, ’’ a source told the Post. “He trusts Phil, but I think he’s afraid of Phil.’’
If Anthony is indeed open to a trade — although he insists that’s not the case — could be traded as soon as Monday, which marks the unofficial start of the NBA trade season.
But Leon Rose, Anthony’s agent, echoed his client’s sentiments Friday, vigorously disputing the speculation contained in the Post’s report.
“Carmelo, as always, is committed to the Knicks,” Rose relayed in a text message to ESPNNewYork.com. “There have never been discussions about trades or wanting to leave New York. Any story, rumor, report to the contrary is utter nonsense.”
Anthony signed a five-year, $124 million contract during the offseason. At the time and onward he had expressed optimism that the Knicks were headed in the right direction with Phil Jackson running the show. But a ten-game losing streak certainly could have soured Anthony’s disposition as it relates to his long-term future with the team.
It has become a week fraught with turmoil for the free-falling Knicks, specifically for Anthony. The superstar has been kept busy putting out media fires as he’s being forced to issue denials to published reports of an unflattering nature.
Earlier this week, reports emerged indicating that Anthony and teammate Tim Hardaway Jr. have been at-odds, especially of late, stemming from a reported on-court incident last week where Anthony allegedly threatened to beat Hardaway up in the locker room following a game.
Both Anthony and Hardaway downplayed the feud in subsequent reports, but even if its much ado about nothing, it nevertheless indicates that even with how bad it has been with the Knicks as of late on the court, things arguably have been even more dysfunctional behind the scenes.