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Knicks exec doesn’t mention Carmelo Anthony in essay about future

New York Knicks president Steve Mills recently wrote a essay laying out his vision of the organization’s future. Perhaps not surprisingly, yet still awkward, Mills failed to mention Carmelo Anthony, who of course remains on the Knicks roster … for now.

In a lengthy essay entitled, “A New Day For The Knicks – The Journey Begins,” posted on The Official MSG Blog, Mills addresses what he envisions for the Knicks in the upcoming 2017-18 NBA season and beyond.

Mills begins the piece addressing the hiring last month of Scott Perry as the team’s new general manager. From there, Mills identifies the players who will contribute to accomplishing a much-needed organizational turnaround after years of dysfunction during the reign of Phil Jackson. This is where Mills neglects to mention Anthony.

And our plan to become more youthful and athletic is underway with 22-year-old Kristaps Porzingis, the return of Tim Hardaway Jr., 25, Willy Hernangómez, 23, and with the debut of our 1st round draft pick, Frank Ntilikina, just 19.

It makes sense not to identify Anthony, 33, as part of the team’s plan to “become more youthful and athletic.” But when Mills could have mentioned Anthony as part of the team’s “long range vision,” he does not. Instead, Mills again identifies Ntilikina, Porzingis, Hardaway Jr., Hernangomez and Ron Baker as the future.

“[Ntilikina], Porzingis and Hardaway, along with Hernangómez and Ron Baker, will exemplify a new defensive mindset that puts a premium on making stops. … We may not be there at first, but that’s the brand of ball our players will aspire to fulfill.”

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time the Knicks have hinted that Anthony is on his way out. The superstar was also omitted from a season-ticket promotion.

Anthony obviously is not in the Knicks’ long-term plans, and the team is well aware of it. But moving on is proving far more difficult than the team probably prefers. Although Anthony isn’t helping matters, either, as he’s reportedly only wiling to waive his no-trade clause in a deal with the Houston Rockets. With that in mind, continued awkwardness should be expected.