NBA rumors: Carmelo Anthony wants to stay in New York

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Adrian Wojnarowski: As @Frank Isola reports, Anthony wants to win in New York -- nowhere else.
Ian Begley: Carmelo Anthony said he hadn't heard from Phil Jackson over the Charley Rosen article that stated that he had outworn his 'usefulness' in New York. Anthony also said there's no issue between he and management: "If they want to come talk to me, I'm around them guys every day. I don't want this to be kind of going back and forth between me and the front office, management, because it's really nothing, I responded to an article that I read. That was that. There's nothing between myself and management at this point."
When a reporter told Anthony about the increasing speculation among fans and media that he would waive his no-trade clause, Anthony replied: "They want me out?" "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." Anthony also confirmed that he is committed to the team. "People can have their own opinions but I haven't mentioned it once. But that seems to be the trend when you start losing, people want to start searching."
During Anthony's post-game interview session with reporters on Sunday, Anthony was informed twice that the article was not written by Jackson but instead a close friend. Anthony, though, had no trouble connecting the dots, suggesting that it is a more than a coincidence that the writer who criticized him in the piece has a relationship with the Knicks team 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."
Charley Rosen: Since Melo has been mostly shooting blanks in the clutch — he was scoreless in the fourth quarter last night — it’s really a dead stop. Also, while he’s never been accused of playing defense, Anthony is intent on saving even more steps on this end of the game to conserve his energy for offense. He’s four months away from his 33rd birthday, his contract is humongous and contains a no-trade clause. It’s understood that he’d only accept being dealt to the Cavaliers or the Clippers. However, since his recurring complaint is that everybody blames him for every game the Knicks lose, perhaps Melo is sufficiently disgusted to accept a trade elsewhere. Perhaps to the young, rebuilding Lakers — after all, his wife’s name is La La.
“I’m not a standings guy this early, but look at it,” Anthony said. “I’m very optimistic of what we can do. I’m the most positive person there is.” Asked in Philadelphia on Wednesday if he still had faith in the Phil Process, Anthony said, “I’ll always have faith as long as I’m here. I’ll always have faith in my ability and our team’s ability.” Whether Jackson still has faith in Anthony is a different story.
Nevertheless, Charley Rosen, one of Jackson’s longtime friends, wrote in a Thursday column on, in an unsourced piece: “It’s understood that [Anthony would] only accept being dealt to the Cavaliers or the Clippers” and possibly could be sold on the Lakers. Rosen, though, wrote that a trade scenario is “highly doubtful” with those clubs because, with Anthony nearing his 33rd birthday, “does anybody want to dispense with a rotation player, or a young sub and/or a first-round draft pick?”
Wade said he, James and Paul never try to tell Anthony he should consider leaving the Knicks, who entered Thursday's contest having lost nine of their previous 10 games. "That's not our role or our job. A man makes a decision," Wade said. "If he gets to that point in his career where he can't do it here and he wants to do that, then that's on him. That's a decision that he'll make. … We support him in whatever decision he wants to make for his career. And like I said, right now, his goal is eventually to do it here. But whatever happens, happens."
Carmelo Anthony is due for a new round of trade rumors, but like previous years where Anthony trade ideas were kicked around, he controls his future with his no-trade clause. A source close to Anthony says he’s unwilling to green-light a trade out of New York, even with how bad it’s turned.
Anthony has a no-trade clause and promised this month he will be with the Knicks next season. The imminent hiring of Jeff Hornecek as coach only should cement the promise, as Anthony was no fan of interim coach Kurt Rambis.
Ian Begley: Carmelo Anthony was asked by Yahoo! Finance if he'll be playing in New York next season. "Oh yeah, you'll see me (playing) for the Knicks, absolutely," he said Wednesday at the TechCrunch Disrupt Summit. Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract, which has three years remaining. He'd need to waive the no-trade clause in order to leave New York.
But while the team's timeline for becoming a contender is perhaps longer than Anthony can wait, retiring a Knick remains his primary objective. "I think it's kind of just me and the way that I am as a person," Anthony told The Vertical. "I think a lot of times I can focus on certain situations. You can't just make a decision based on being emotional. That's why I try to get away from everything and don't even think about it, because if you make a decision from an emotional state, you might regret that later."
As Carmelo Anthony declared Saturday that he has shut down talk of his no-trade clause for the remainder of the season, the young player who has benefited greatly from the All-Star’s presence made a plea for him to stay with the franchise. “Obviously I want him to stay here. We need him. I need him,” Kristaps Porzingis told the Daily News. “And we don’t want to lose him.”
"I know it's been hard on him," said Smith, whose Cavs also will visit the Garden on Saturday. "It's one of those situations when you're a great player in the league and you just don't have the support system, that cast that you've been accustomed to like when we were in Denver or the earlier years when he got to New York. I know it's been a frustrating process, but if anybody can get through it, it will be Melo. "And I know he absolutely wants to make it work here. This is everything he asked for, I mean, except for not making the playoffs and stuff like that. But everything he's doing for the city and for the Knicks, I think it's harder for him now more than anything. He doesn't have the whole supporting cast yet, but this year has been better than last year and I think they will continue to improve. And the way I know him, he's committed there, for sure."
If you’re looking for a path to making it happen, sure, theoretically it’s possible. And since James can be a free agent this summer, he could take that pay cut sooner than expected. The New York Daily News reported during the All-Star break the Cavs, Celtics and Knicks discussed a three-team deal that would send Kevin Love to Boston and bring Anthony to Cleveland. Those reports were quickly refuted, although one source with knowledge of the situation said this week James has indeed previously pitched the idea to Cavs management of somehow bringing Anthony to Cleveland. That would require Anthony waiving his no-trade clause.
“I know the reason why I stuck it out,’’ said CArmelo Anthony. “People that really understand it know why I’m sticking it out. It’s odd to question my loyalty at this point in time, especially when you showed and I’ve showed time and time again my loyalty to not just the organization, but New York and vice versa.”
If Knicks president Phil Jackson craps out in free agency, the Bulls could be a team Anthony considers waiving his no-trade clause in order to join. “He was advocating for [Chicago],’’ said Anthony. “Boeheim always says that. I can’t control what that man says. Nobody can control what Boeheim says. He’s going to say what he wants to say.’’
Most conversations about the Knicks lately have centered around Carmelo Anthony’s uncertain future. Anthony made it clear last week that he wants the front office to make significant additions this summer. Some in the Knicks organization think Anthony might seek a trade if the front office fails to attract any talent in free agency, sources said. There is, of course, a vocal contingent of Knicks fans who would welcome Anthony’s exit.
Earlier Sunday, Karl was even more effusive in his praise of the 31-year-old. “I’ve seen a winning Melo over the last two years. I’ve seen him sacrifice his game to try to figure out the team,” Karl said after the Kings' shootaround. “I think he’s had a willingness to understand that he doesn’t have to force the game. The game will happen. And so many teams conceptually tilt the game to take Melo out. He understands ... that he’s got to make other people better.”
The verbal bouquets from coaches are probably nice to hear, but they don't resolve the frustration of another lost season in New York. Anthony wasn't available for comment Sunday, but you don't need another sound bite to know he's upset. Even Karl can see that from afar. “He doesn’t want the season to be over April 15,” Karl said. “I think Melo’s had a Hall of Fame career, and I just know right now, just kind of looking at his body language, he wants to win.”
Carmelo Anthony called his meeting in Denver with Knicks president Phil Jackson a “good conversation’’ in which he “got some answers I was looking for,’’ but ultimately indicated actions in July will be more important than words in March. In his first response to the revelation Jackson and Anthony had a pow-wow when the road trip began in Denver last week, Anthony said the Knicks’ offseason moves in free agency will decide how happy he is with his situation in New York, admitting, “We got to do something.’’ Barring a miracle, the Knicks (28-40) will miss the playoffs for a third straight season, leading to speculation Anthony ultimately could want to waive his no-trade clause and be moved to a contender if free agency doesn’t pan out.
“He wanted to meet,’’ Anthony said. “We thought this would be a good time to meet on the road in Denver, start of a road trip. I think you should want that as a player and whoever is the top decision-maker. If you don’t have that connection, a lot of things can get misconstrued, miscommunicated. You have to have a conversation and relationship with whoever’s making that decision.’’
Carmelo Anthony hasn’t had much to smile about professionally this season, but something that makes him chuckle is seeing his name linked to the Clippers, Cavaliers and other teams. “I laugh it off,” he said. “Just laugh it off. People always try to make scenarios, and situations, but nothing has happened.”
“My name is always associated with L.A.,” Anthony said after the Knicks’ 31-point win over the Suns on Wednesday night. “Whether it was early with the Lakers and now it’s the Clippers. I try not to pay attention to that.”
The consensus of a small, but representative group of NBA team execs and personnel types said there would be an interested, willing market for Anthony. But all state the obvious, that despite Anthony’s star status, the Knicks could not expect to fetch anything like the haul they surrendered for him five years ago. “There is a market. He’s still a star player. They could get a starter and a first-round draft pick and whatever else needed to make the salaries work,” one Eastern exec said.
The Celtics expressed interest in Carmelo Anthony before the trade deadline, according to an report. Two NBA sources told The Post that interest was not expressed to Knicks officials and no talks took place between the teams. Sources indicated the Celtics asked advisers of Carmelo Anthony if the Knicks star still was entrenched in not waiving his no-trade clause. The ESPN report stated it was still unclear if the Knicks and Celtics had trade talks but it was misrepresented elsewhere.
Anthony is represented by Creative Artists Agency, and indications are it wants Anthony to keep an open mind about his future. During the Knicks’ crash in December of last season’s 17-65 wreckage, The Post reported Anthony was having thoughts on waiving his no-trade clause if Knicks president Phil Jackson struck a deal to a contender. At the time, Leon Rose, Anthony’s CAA agent, said, “Carmelo, as always, is committed to the Knicks” and added the report is “utter nonsense.”
Knicks president Phil Jackson has taken pains since taking over to lessen the influence CAA has had on the organization in the past. Ex-Knicks Andrea Bargnani and J.R. Smith are both represented by CAA, which has not been welcomed with open arms by the new regime.
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The News reported two weeks ago that the Celtics, Cavs and Knicks had engaged in preliminary discussions about a deal. Those talks never progressed, however, because Anthony had made it clear he did not want to be dealt. On Wednesday, ESPN reported that the Celtics were dealing directly with the Knicks about a trade for Anthony that would have included a first round pick that originally belonged to the Brooklyn Nets. It is believed that an additional draft pick as well David Lee's expiring contract and another player would have been included in the deal.
Prior to the trade deadline, the Boston Celtics expressed interest in obtaining Anthony via a trade with the Knicks, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation.
It is unclear if there were any formal discussions between New York and Boston and if those discussions ever reached an advanced stage. But Boston was informed that Anthony had no desire to leave the Knicks via trade to play for the Celtics, sources say.
Anthony’s goal remains winning a championship with the Knicks. “One in New York is better than multiple somewhere else, so that was the reason I wanted to come to New York,” he said. “That’s the reason why I’m in New York, so it just bothers me when I started hearing all these trade rumors and trade talks. I don’t know where it comes from, so sometimes it gets to you as a player and you just get tired of hearing something all the time. I’m not on the run. I could have ran somewhere when I was a free agent (in 2014), you know what I’m saying? I came back for a reason. I came back because I wanted to do this.”
With the NBA trade deadline five days away, Carmelo Anthony reiterated that he has no plans to exercise his no-trade clause and leave the New York Knicks. "There's always some trade s--- going [on]," Anthony said Saturday during an interview on Sirius XM NBA Radio. "I'm not going anywhere."
Anthony chalked up the most recent rumors as part of playing in New York, the biggest media market in the NBA. "When you're in New York, you're always up for grabs, I'll tell you that. Trades are always up for grabs," Anthony said with a laugh. "It's always, 'Who's next?' There's nothing guaranteed when you're in New York. But I don't pay attention to those rumors."
Those talks have not progressed. Plus Anthony reiterated on Friday that he has no plans to seek a trade. However, when asked if he's thought about his future with a losing organization, Anthony gave a cryptic answer. “Not yet. I'm pretty sure I'll have that conversation with myself and my family and my team,” he said. “But it's not a conversation for right now.”
It's an option Anthony should seriously consider. Phil Jackson's plan conflicts with Anthony's win-now plan. It always did. Kristaps Porzingis, the future of the franchise, is 20. Carmelo is 31 with 12 seasons under his belt and nearly 32,000 minutes on his legs. "Why not trade him now when you could get something for him?" said one opposing team executive. Anthony has a no-trade clause and has the right to veto any potential deal. And it may be difficult to convince Anthony to waive that provision especially since he loves playing for the Knicks and living in New York.
Carmelo Anthony has given no indication that he intends to uproot his career. But he also has a lot of pride and his ego has taken a hit the past few seasons
Still, the idea of trading Anthony is attractive in some corners of the Knicks' fan base. The idea, of course, is to begin a rebuild in earnest around Kristaps Porzingis. Depending on whom you ask around the league, New York might be able flip Anthony for a package of valuable draft picks or young talent.
Knicks sources were adamant that there have been zero conversations internally about trying to convince Anthony to consider a trade, and that as things stand the Knicks are pleased with where they are with Anthony and with the emergence of rookie Kristaps Porzingis. There is a growing sense that adding the right point guard either in trade or in free agency could turn the team in the direction they want to go and that’s competing in the playoffs and maybe competing for a championship.
Steve Kyler: Which completely ignores that Carmelo controls his situation... people talk like he is obtainable. He is not.…
The team has never really thought about trading Anthony, Mills says. "Never," Mills says. "Period." (Let's just say some around the league are skeptical the topic has never come up in the MSG boardrooms). Even as Greg Monroe, LaMarcus Aldridge, and other stars rejected them last summer, the Knicks never lost faith in New York's gravitational pull, provided free agents can see at least some viable path to 50-plus wins.
Boston Celtics: A popular nominee among rival executives, since the Celtics could acquire Anthony, their alleged missing go-to guy, without hurting their current team. Even James Dolan would have to think about a package of David Lee, Brooklyn's unprotected 2016 first-round pick, and salary filler.
There is no evidence these teams have ever discussed a Melo deal, per league sources. Boston likely wants a better gauge on where Brooklyn's pick might end up, and Melo doesn't fit their developmental timeline -- or Brad Stevens' pass-happy style of play.
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According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the meeting took place this past Saturday, and Kevin Durant indicated that he could stay with Brooklyn if general manager Sean Marks and coach Steve Nash were no longer there. Understandably, peers of Marks and Nash were not happy. “I get that players have more power these days, but I think it’s a little too far if he’s out here trying to get Steve fired,” said one coach, who was quickly reminded of Magic Johnson’s fingerprints on Paul Westhead’s firing back in November of 1981 and other power plays, some of which may well have been justified.
The head of basketball ops from another club was similarly displeased. “Livid,” he said. “Livid. He and Kyrie (Irving) basically told Sean they were coming (as free agents in 2019), and Sean did pretty much everything they wanted after that. Signing DeAndre Jordan for four years? That’s something Kyrie and KD wanted. Getting James Harden? Then getting a guy who should be a perfect complement to them (Ben Simmons) when Harden wanted out? Sean did all that.”
However, when asked if he would welcome Durant to his own club should he be attainable at a fair price, the exec paused and laughed. “Well … ” he said. “OK, you got me there. But, see, that’s the part of this that will always be hard for some people to grasp. I’m talking about the fans who just see the players as employees. These guys are not interchangeable parts. You can’t just plug in someone else to do what KD does.”