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Report: Knicks have ‘zero intention’ of trading Carmelo Anthony

Dec 7, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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The Knicks have won two straight in blowout fashion, looking a little like last year’s club with the hot three-point shooting and briefly returning some sense of sanity to the team and its fan base.

The media has yet to catch up, however, as the reports and rumors continue to fly about Carmelo Anthony‘s future in New York, and whether or not he’ll leave the team as a free agent next summer.

Anthony denied a report on Thursday that his mind was already made up to leave the team for greener pastures, and with so much time left in this current season, it’s easy to believe that he hasn’t made any such plans just yet.

If things continue to take a turn for the worst in New York, however, and Anthony decides mid-season that he wants out, he’ll have to wait until the year is finished. Because the Knicks, this latest report says, are not going to trade Anthony even if he tells them emphatically that he’s not coming back.

From Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com:

If the Knicks do not turn around their season when Tyson Chandler returns from injury, you can expect the Anthony issue to become a monster heading toward the February trade deadline. Because if Anthony doesn’t think the Knicks are best for him over the next five years, he will make it an issue and possibly force a trade again if he thinks that would be best for him.

The Knicks, sources say, have zero intention of trading Anthony no matter what he says about next summer. Not only did owner Jim Dolan personally seal the deal to bring Anthony to New York, but the front office realizes it has one of the most talented players in the league and won’t be able to get fair value in return.

The report goes on to discuss Anthony’s history of making decisions based solely on maximizing his earning potential, and forcing a trade out of Denver to the league’s biggest market, as well as taking a max contract extension the moment he was eligible back in 2006 certainly do nothing to refute that assertion.

In free agency next summer, Anthony will be facing the same decision that Dwight Howard faced in the one that just passed: Stay in a less than ideal situation for five years and an extra $30 million or so, or go play in a better one for four years and leave that money on the table.

I said it before Howard left Los Angeles, and I believe the same holds true for Anthony now. In Carmelo’s case, we’re talking about someone who already has earned north of $135 million in career salary, and that’s before we get into any endorsement dollars.

That extra year in a terrible situation becomes less enticing when you have more money than you know what to do with, and the scrutiny that comes in New York (and Los Angeles) when the losses are piling up might not be worth it when it’s time to make that decision.

  1. ocgunslinger - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Stay or go anywhere but to Los Angeles.

  2. detectivejimmymcnulty - Dec 7, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    I’d trade him as fast as possible but I don’t see there being many offers. NBA front offices are using more analytics and a low percentage, high volume scorer who doesn’t play D wouldn’t turn on a lot of teams these days.

    • sportsfan18 - Dec 7, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      Agree 100%.

      He is a volume scorer who takes and misses a lot of shots.

      His true shooting percentage is not very good at all compared to the other star players in the league.

      • sportsfan18 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:22 PM

        Magic Johnson true shooting percentage – 9th all time
        Kevin Durant true shooting percentage – 25th all time
        Dirk Nowitzki true shooting percentage – 45th all time
        Lebron true shooting percentage – 51st all time
        Chris Paul true shooting percentage – 59th all time
        Michael Jordan true shooting percentage – 74th all time
        D Wade true shooting percentage – 80th all time
        Larry Bird true shooting percentage – 91st all time
        Kobe Bryant true shooting percentage – 132nd all time

        Carmelo Anthony true shooting percentage – 202nd all time

      • bougin89 - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        We get your point but who is comparing him to all time greats though? Anthony is a good player, he doesn’t deserve to be mentioned with Magic Johnson, MJ, Bird, Lebron though…

  3. 950003cups - Dec 7, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Zero? Ha!! Dolan would do anything for no reason at all when he gets on one of his coke binges.

    First off, I think we’re being oversold on the Melo brand. He’s like 0-14 with the game on the line. I wouldn’t miss him.

  4. pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 7, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    If Melo’s coached the right way he can be a top 5 player in the league. His combination of rebounding, quickness, iso skills, shooting, etc. are unparalleled.

    In a proper system where he’s taught to pass and defend better he would thrive. Unfortunately, George Karl, D’Antoni, and Woodson aren’t coaches that have helped Melo take his game to a top 5 level, which Melo obviously has something to do with also.

    Either way, regardless of all the criticism of how he plays, players like him are scarce and teams would be foolish to not at least consider signing him. The Knicks would be foolish to trade him unless they’re certain he’s leaving in free agency.

  5. yournuts - Dec 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Superstars are not cheap and you need three superstars to win these days. This year is a disappointment so far but considering the injuries the Knicks are 2.5 games out of first place. Melo is great for New York and he will get other players to play in New York. You don’t trade a great player, you build with them.

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Dec 7, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      What has Melo ever done to be considered great? Won a scoring title? He outscored KD by 0.6 PPG while shooting 6% less and taking 4.5 more shots a game. Scoring doesn’t make you great, but scoring efficiently does.

      • djeter220 - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:13 PM

        If KD had the supporting cast Melo has had with the Knicks, wouldn’t you want him taking more shots? Even if it meant going into more iso’s and taking lower percentage shots?

      • detectivejimmymcnulty - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:21 PM

        Good argument except Melo has always shot a lot. Didn’t he go multiple playoff games with 0 assists? That’s the definition of a “me” player.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        You don’t have to be great to win the scoring title in a league like the NBA? You need to find another line of work, detective.

  6. bballhistorian - Dec 7, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Keep carmelo. That Amare deal is what ruined the growth of this team.

  7. ramrodmclean - Dec 7, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Phoenix is a wildly intriguing trade destination for disgruntled superstars. They’re overflowing with tradeable assets! Phoenix can offer Eric Bledsoe or Goran Dragic + Emeka Okafor’s expiring contract + any number of 4 potential 2014 First Round Picks + A Morris Brother. Plug in your sad superstar of the day and go!

    Trade #1

    Phoenix gets: Carmelo Anthony

    New York gets: Goran Dragic + Marcus Morris + Emeka Okafor + Phoenix 2014 First Round Pick

    Trade #2

    Phoenix gets: Kyrie Irving + Andrew Bynum + Alonzo Gee

    Cleveland gets: Eric Bledsoe + Marcus Morris + Emeka Okafor + Phoenix 2014 First Round Pick

    Trade #3

    Phoenix gets: Kevin Love + Alexey Shved

    Minnesota gets: Eric Bledsoe + Marcus Morris + Emeka Okafor + Phoenix 2014 First Round Pick

    Phoenix has all the assets to put together a great trade package, if they don’t make a big acquisition this year, somethings wrong

  8. mytthor - Dec 7, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    I’m still not convinced a winning team can be built around Melo. He’s not an efficient enough scorer, and not a consistent enough defender. Maybe he could win with Phil Jackson coaching. MAYBE. Please don’t bring him to LA.

  9. beagle11 - Dec 7, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    The biggest problem the Knicks will have is building a team around Melo’s eventual 30m salary without the benefit of draft picks to gain cheap young contracts.

  10. logicalvoiceseys - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    How about Melo to the Clippers? If they decided to go all in, but radically change the current squad it could happen.
    Clippers: Carmelo Anthony
    76ers or Suns: Deandre Jordan
    Knicks: Jared Dudley, other players, a boat load of draft picks

    The Knicks should realize even if Melo stays, which isn’t 100% anymore since they’re struggling to make the playoffs this season! the Amare Stoudamire contract will simply continue to hold them back. By the time Amare’s contract is done, Melo will be 31. Just start rebuilding for 2015 Knicks.

    The Clippers get a 3rd superstar.

    Paul
    Reddick
    Anthony
    Griffin
    Hollins

    Collison
    Crawford
    Barnes
    Jamison

  11. azarkhan - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Too bad.

  12. 700levelvet - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Oh look… Another Knicks story…Yes, they will never win anything. With that said, you won’t have to write anymore blurbs about this garbage team… Your welcome.

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