Carmelo Anthony on future with Knicks: ‘As of right now, I’ll be here’
Carmelo Anthony on Thursday had his annual exit meeting with the New York Knicks after an incredibly disappointing 32-50 season. And from what he had to say afterward, it’s clear the superstar expects big things out of the organization in this coming offseason.
The 31-year-old Anthony described his meeting with Knicks president Phil Jackson and general manager as “very honest,” but also expressed concern that time may be running out and the onus is on the team to “take advantage” of his closing window.
Anthony expressed hope earlier this week that the exit meeting would be a productive one. But his comments afterward arguably won’t completely dispel the belief held by some members of the organization that Anthony might reverse course and decide to waive his no-trade clause. Although Anthony did insist that he wants to remain a Knick … but he also wants to win.
“As of right now, I’ll be here,” he said, via ESPN’s Ian Begley. “No conversation has taken place as far as me leaving or me wanting to leave. I think everybody knows how I feel about being here with this organization in New York, playing for the Knicks. I think nobody should question that.
“The only thing I think about is winning more. Whether it’s here or somewhere else, that’s the only thing I think about. I haven’t thought about putting myself on another team. I haven’t thought about me on another team. I haven’t thought about any of that. My thought process is, how can I make this situation better? What can we do to make this situation better? That’s the only thing I’m thinking about.”
Many things obviously are in flux for the Knicks at the moment, starting with what Jackson and company will ultimately do at the head coaching position. Anthony has expressed a desire to contribute his input to the process.
Jackson seems bound to interim coach Kurt Rambis, but reports suggest Anthony would prefer the Knicks to bring in Tom Thibodeau. But all indications seem to point to Jackson not being interested in the former Chicago Bulls coach.
All that aside, the Knicks do have $18 million to spend in free agency this summer. Bringing in some talented players to complement Anthony obviously would improve the superstar’s perspective.