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There is zero chance the Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony, can we stop talking about it?

Feb 11, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT

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I’ve been surprised how often this has come up lately. During radio talk show interviews, in emails, I even had a friend ask me:

Are the Knicks trading Carmelo Anthony?

No.

Not even close.

I’m not sure how this delusion even became a talking point. Yes, the Knicks do know Anthony can opt out of his contract this summer, and they do know that this season’s struggles has opened his mind to considering his other options.

However the Knicks reaction to this is to find a way to make Anthony happy and keep him a Knick, not trade him away for pennies on the dollar and rebuild. Why do you think owner James Dolan recently skipped band rehearsal (or whatever he was doing) to come down to the locker room and meet with Anthony and take his temperature on coach Mike Woodson? Because what Anthony wants Anthony gets right now. He is the organization’s priority. Everyone else on the roster could be moved for an upgrade — I’m looking at you, Iman Shumpert — but not Anthony.

Don’t take my word for it, here is Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, in his recent power rankings.

There is “no chance” the Knicks will deal Carmelo Anthony, who owns a contract opt-out this summer, before the trade deadline, a source said.

Besides, the Knicks know if they tried to trade Anthony they couldn’t get anything near value back. Offers would be lowballs. Nobody is sending a young, elite player back to the Knicks for Anthony. Did you really read the story when the ridiculous-from-the-start Anthony for Blake Griffin rumor got thrown out there — the two teams hadn’t even discussed it, this was an internal Knicks conversation. I don’t think people outside Los Angeles grasp how invested in Blake Griffin the Clippers are — he is the face of the team marketing more than Chris Paul, he is the last player introduced, he is the fan favorite. After a long history of blown draft picks the Clippers finally got one right and he is their guy. They will not move him, certainly not for Anthony.

The reality is the Knicks are going to make whatever roster moves they can this summer and they will sell Anthony on the future (particularly 2015), on the extra $30 million guaranteed, and they will sell him on ending his career a Knicks’ legend. And he will probably take it. (The Lakers idea isn’t happening, they are lukewarm on adding him next to Kobe Bryant; and while the Bulls idea is more interesting on paper it is far from likely. After that, well, he is not going anywhere else to a non-major market.)

There are a lot of interesting names out there for trades before Feb. 20: Pau Gasol, Arron Afflalo, Thaddeus Young, Brandon Bass, Spencer Hawes, Marvin Williams and more. Some, not all, but some of those guys will be moved before Feb. 20.

Let’s focus on them and stop talking about Anthony. Please.

  1. alexb1234 - Feb 11, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    THANK YOU!!!! The Knicks are not trading melo…..they should trade tyson and try to get a pick

    • ewyorksockexchange - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      I’m all for wishful thinking, but there’s no way a team is going to trade anything more than a second for chandler in this or next years draft. Tyson is 31, is an 8 pt/ 8 board pergame player who has declining, but still good, defensive skills, has played more than 75% of the season only once in the past six years, and has $14.5 mil owed to him next year. And even if they did trade him, they’d have to take back a ton of salary for a worse player (if they want a pick).

    • chicagosports2014 - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      That will be a big mistake If New York don’t trade Melo, hahahahahehe

  2. shuttaman1990 - Feb 11, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Of course not, he wants to play for the Lakers, or at least have a chance at the free agent market this summer. Any team getting him would be getting a rent for the rest of the season.
    Knicks can’t trade him, they lose him already.

    Lakers all day.

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      Silly goose.

      • chicagosports2014 - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        Its the TRUTH. hehehahaha!

  3. casualcommenter - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    For Carmelo, it’s going to come down to whether he’s willing to sacrifice being on a competitive team in the 2014-2015 regular season in order to stay in New York, get more money in his next contract, and have the option of trying to recruit players in 2015 once the Knicks finally have significant cap space.

    The 2014-2015 regular season, if Carmelo stays on the Knicks, is a lost cause. The Knicks have absolutely no cap flexibility or first round draft pick this offseason, so Carmelo will still have virtually the same teammates for another year if he re-signs with the Knicks. Given how poorly the Knicks have played this year due to guys like Bargnani and Stoudamire completely failing to live up to their contracts, Carmelo would have to accept that the Knicks would likely be a losing team once again next year.

    However, in 2015, there’s plenty of possibility for the Knicks to improve since Chandler, Stoudamire, Bargnani, and World Peace come off the books, but 2014 will suck.

    Is Carmelo willing to lose another year of his prime with a crummy roster in order to stay in a large media market that would offer him the hope of some big signings in 2015? We’ll see.

    • unxpexted1 - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      It does sound good in theory. i think its just a matter of if Melo can trust NY front office or not which has pretty much proven to be incompetent

    • cruzan80 - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      Very logical post sir. I agree with pretty much everything. The big question is indeed if Melo is willing to put up with garbage he’s been surrounded by since he’s gotten to NY for one more year. Melo is in a similar situation to Kevin Garnett’s back in Minnesota in 2007…..funny what surrounding a star player with real talent can do for that players legacy.

  4. timcast12 - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    As a Lakers fan, I don’t really want Melo, I just don’t feel like it wouldn’t be a good fit.

    • shuttaman1990 - Feb 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      He wouldn’t be a good fit to D’antoni’s system.

      But hey. HE”S OUTTA HERE 100% this offseason!

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      He’s a good fit if he likes avocado.

  5. sportsfan18 - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Uh, everyone is aware that the Knicks front office and owner are terrible.

    The Knicks could trade other players and ACCIDENTLY type Melo’s name on the document and then claim they had no idea they were trading him!

    Keystone cops here folks…

    Dolan is probably whispering in La La’s ears about how much more she could shop by telling her how much more they may pay Melo than other teams…

    La La to Melo…

    Baby, I’m NOT leaving NYC

    Melo to La La

    I wanna title

    La La to Melo

    No team with you on it Melo is ever going to win a title so we’re just going to stay here. End of discussion.

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      Excuse me.

      • sportsfan18 - Feb 11, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        Ask La La, not me, to be excused.

  6. aboogy123456 - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    “I’m not sure how this delusion even became a talking point.” The reason it’s a talking point is because Anthony is a free agent this summer, and he hasn’t committed to re-signing with the knicks. Many people think that the knicks should trade him now to help them rebuild, rather than risk losing him in free agency this summer.

  7. davidly - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Translation: “Hey everybody, look over here! Now, stop looking.”

  8. eugenesaxe1 - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Could you be a little more hypocritical in your next article please?

  9. greej1938l - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    I agree Eugene!

  10. phillyphil005 - Feb 11, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Kurt does these stupid articles several times a year, and he’s been proven wrong at least a few times.

    Its cute that he tries to pretend he knows things as fact though…

  11. ProBasketballPundit - Feb 11, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    I can’t believe we’ve made it through 55 games without being drowned in LeBron free agency speculation. Maybe it’s due to the stricter CBA and lack of landing spots for LBJ.

  12. cmehustle - Feb 11, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Melo is all about that money. He doesnt care if he never sees the second round again. He wants that money. Knick fans enjoy!

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      I think you’re lying.

  13. jimeejohnson - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    In other news, water’s wet! No kidding Carmelo’s not moving. He’s finally home, in New Yawk, with home games at the Mecca of basketball, and a huge contract that even cuts it in NYC. Plus, he prefers NY pizza to the deep dish of Chicago and the avocado topped in LA. How bout surrounding him with a couple of other money players like Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith on occasion.

    • cruzan80 - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      Lol….this lie tartly made me laugh out loud….well done sir.

  14. eloso1 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:59 AM

    What about trading Tyson chandler to the Suns for Emaka Okafor expiring contract and a pick? They are tossing around pau gasol for Emeka, is the idea of Tyson instead not work? We could clear some space now, get more playing time for Amare and have flexibility this summer.

    • cruzan80 - Feb 12, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      I like this….

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