Carmelo Anthony at ‘peace’ despite uncertain future
Carmelo Anthony’s immediate NBA future stands at a crossroads as rumor and speculation runs rampant concerning whether or not he will remain with the New York Knicks or end up in arguably sunnier pastures elsewhere. Anthony, 33, interestingly told reporters this week that he hasn’t met with the Knicks organization, presumably involving waiving his no-trade clause, but remains at “peace” with the situation.
Anthony on Wednesday was in Baltimore, where his family moved when he was eight years old, to make an appearance at The Basketball Tournament’s Day of Giving.
Carmelo Anthony arrives at The Basketball Tournament's Day of Giving in Baltimore: pic.twitter.com/7jWOgxcaAu
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) August 2, 2017
Anthony was awarded a meritorious service award by Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh at the event.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh gives Carmelo Anthony a meritorious service award at TBT Day of Giving. pic.twitter.com/ejVy9Aaixg
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) August 2, 2017
But the talk of the day when Anthony met with reporters was how things will play out for him ahead of next season. The most recent reports indicate Anthony is no longer interested in joining the Cleveland Cavaliers and instead will only waive his no-trade clause to join James Harden and Chris Paul with the Houston Rockets.
Anthony declined to comment when asked about the Rockets angle, saying with a smile, “You know I can’t comment on that,” per ESPN’s Ian Begley.
Regarding Phil Jackson’s ouster as Knicks president, Anthony referred to it as a “business decision” and deferred to owner James Dolan’s right to run the organization as he sees fit.
Anthony’s tenure with the Knicks has unquestionably been a tumultuous one. But he admitted the last year or so have been especially difficult, calling it “an emotional roller coaster,” although part of that may be due in part to his recent estrangement from wife La La.
That said, Anthony undoubtedly has a lot riding on how the next few weeks play out. The prevailing belief is that Anthony either ends up with the Rockets or he continues his arguably professional purgatory with the Knicks. But Anthony’s comments Wednesday certainly indicate he isn’t inclined to play a role in such discussions in the public eye.