Carmelo Anthony won’t be traded by the New York Knicks after the season, according to the team’s president and general manager Phil Jackson. The NBA rumors that Melo is gone after the current season in New York can now rest temporarily as Jackson stated that he talked with his franchise player about their moves in the upcoming free agency.
“We went through all the things. He sees the potential that we have. He asked questions about where we’re going. I’ve told him all the details. Sometimes you have to solicit things out of Carmelo. In my conversation I didn’t. He came out and asked questions. He’s engaged and that’s important,” Jackson said via New York Daily News about Anthony’s status with the Knicks.
Earlier reports this season have linked Carmelo Anthony to the likes of the Cleveland Cavaliers, where would have been teamed up with friend LeBron James and the Boston Celtics, who were one of the teams looking to add a star in their line-up. Anthony has a “no trade clause” in his current contract with the Knicks which makes it difficult for Jackson to trade him to another squad.
Anthony is the current franchise player of the Knicks but with the rise of promising rookie Kristaps Porzingis, NBA rumors were rife that the franchise is willing to let go of Anthony, who has struggled to lead the New York Knicks the past few seasons.
Carmelo Anthony has averaged 21.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists in the 2015-2016 NBA Season. However, the Knicks have just 27 wins against 39 losses so far this season, or 13th in the Eastern Conference and are not expected to make the playoffs.
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