Report: Knicks suspect Carmelo Anthony could explore trade
Despite saying time after time he wants to make it work with the New York Knicks, some members in the organization believe Carmelo Anthony may reconsider his loyalty should the team be incapable of bringing in an influx of talent to field a more competitive squad.
Via ESPN’s Ian Begley:
” … there are some in the organization who believe Anthony may change his stance — and look into his options on the trade market — if the Knicks fail to add talent in free agency, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation.”
Anthony repeatedly has stated he won’t waive his no-trade clause, but it’s conceivable that missing out on the playoffs for the third consecutive season is weighing upon the superstar.
Knicks boss Phil Jackson had a meeting with Anthony recently and reports say the forward wanted to get a feel for what the organization has in mind in the near future and hoped to get some clarification on some issues surrounding the team.
When asked about the meeting with Jackson, Anthony declined to discuss specifics.
“It’s in their court. The ball is in their court,” he said. “They have an opportunity, we have an opportunity to do something this offseason. We gotta do something. It’s there.”
And all this comes after Anthony, while recently lamenting the Knicks’ woes, asked: “What am I doing wrong?
Anthony’s most recent insistence he wants to remain with the Knicks came as recently as three weeks ago. But without a first-round pick this upcoming offseason, upgrading through the draft isn’t in the cards.
While the lure of playing under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden in the big city of New York arguably can be a draw, the organization’s seemingly perpetual dysfunction can just as easily scare potential free agents away.
The Knicks (28-41) are coming off a brutal 121-85 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. While many teams have suffered a similar fate — “What they’re doing right now, no one has seen before … We’re witnessing history here,” Anthony observed — it nevertheless probably served as a painful and not-so-subtle reminder for Anthony just how far away the Knicks are from legitimately contending for an NBA title