Could Carmelo Anthony’s time with the New York Knicks be coming to an end? The NBA star finally speaks.
Last week, in a news article written by someone claiming to be close to Phil Jackson, it was rumored that Carmelo Anthony is willing to waive the no-trade clause in his contract in an attempt to leave New York for the Clippers or Cavs. However, Carmelo Anthony has never said this and the comments come without proof or merit.
Charley Rosen, the writer and former assistant coach under Jackson, also wrote, “The only sure thing is that Carmelo Anthony has outlived his usefulness in New York.”
It was only a matter of time before Carmelo was asked about these comments, to which he replied, “If that’s the case than that’s what’s coming from that side I guess it’s a conversation we should have. If they feel like my time in New York is over I guess that’s a conversation we should have.”
Despite being made aware that the comments did not come from Jackson himself, it appears Carmelo is very clear on the messenger’s close relationship to the Knicks president.
“Listen,” Anthony said, “if that’s what they feel … if that’s what’s coming from that side that’s what’s coming from that side. I haven’t thought once about that to be honest with you. I hear it. I hear all the rhetoric that’s going on out there and I still come to work every day and play and bust my ass and try not to worry about it.”
In conclusion, Carmelo is adamant that he has no desire to leave New York. “I’ve never even thought about that,” he added. “I guess people are talking about it but it’s not something I’ve thought about so far.”