Carmelo Opens Up About Future
By Brian Mahoney
NEW ORLEANS — Carmelo Anthony said he knows “for a fact” the Knicks won’t trade him, and said he would be open to staying in New York for less than a maximum contract.
Anthony has said he plans to become a free agent this summer. Anthony ruled out any chance the Knicks would move him to avoid the possibility they could lose him for nothing in July.
“I know for a fact I’m not being traded,” Anthony said at the NBA’s All-Star weekend. “There’s two things: I know for a fact I’m not being traded and I’m not going in there and saying I want to be traded.”
New York can pay him around $30 million more than any team, but Anthony said he wouldn’t insist on making the Knicks do it.
“As far as the money, it don’t really matter to me. If I go somewhere else I get paid, if I stay in New York I get paid,” Anthony said. “So as far as the money goes, that’s not my concern. My concern is being able to compete on a high level, at a championship level coming at this last stretch of my career.”
The Knicks aren’t doing it now. They are 20-32, one of the league’s biggest disappointments after winning the Atlantic Division last season, and are wasting a strong season by Anthony that has him ranked second in the league with 27.3 points per game while also averaging 8.6 rebounds.