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Report: Carmelo Anthony may seek trade if Knicks keep Kurt Rambis

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Carmelo Anthony frequently has made it clear he wants to play a role in deciding who the New York Knicks hire as head coach. According to one NBA insider, if the team goes in the expected direction of removing the interim label on Kurt Rambis, Anthony finally may be willing to waive his no-trade clause and move on from New York.

“If they hire Rambis, I think that is telling Melo they don’t want him,” longtime NBA insider Peter Vescey said on the Brown and Scoop Podcaston CBS Radio’s Play.it network, via Daily Knicks. “I don’t know where he goes, but I think that is the belief … the truth is Melo likes Rambis. I know that for a fact. He thinks he’s a good guy, but he doesn’t think he’s the coach they need to go further than they are right now.”

Reports have indicated that Knicks president Phil Jackson is pushing for Rambis, his former assistant, to take over the job on a permanent basis. The fact that the Zen Master is on vacation during such a critical time has led many to believe Rambis is staying on as coach.

Further muddying the waters is how Anthony reportedly would prefer it if the Knicks brought in former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt, who interviewed with the team two weeks ago. A source told the New York Post that Anthony feels Blatt’s international coaching experience would better facilitate Latvian import Kristaps Porzingis’ development into an All-Star-caliber player.

Generally speaking, Anthony has been inclined to downplay any notion that he’s considering waiving his no-trade clause. But he has nevertheless left the door open with some cryptic comments concerning the Knicks’ uncertain future, which has led to some members of the Knicks organization to believe this summer could mark the end of Anthony’s time with the team.

A disappointing 32-50 campaign last season has weighed heavily on Anthony and many of his comments in the aftermath of it indicate he’s expecting big things out of the Knicks this offseason. If the Knicks, specifically Jackson, decide Rambis is the guy in New York, Anthony may decide it’s time to leave the Big Apple.