Just days within the trade deadline, Frank Isola released a statement that will involve a three-way trade involving Carmelo Anthony to be shipped to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The noise made it to Carmelo Anthony to speak out about the truth behind the trade rumor.
“There’s always some trade s— going [on],” Anthony said through ESPN.com
“I’m not going anywhere.”
Carmelo Anthony just shrugged it off and just said to the people that it comes with the territory. Big city and a big basketball community.
“When you’re in New York, you’re always up for grabs, I’ll tell you that. Trades are always up for grabs,” said Anthony
“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.”
Being in the legendary draft class of 2004 with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh – Anthony was the only player left among the top 5 picks (that includes Darko Milicic) that haven’t won a championship.
“I want to win a championship. At this point in my career, that’s the only thing that I really care about,” he said. “But I’m not, I mean, there’s nothing out there for me right now. … I’m not even entertaining no trade talk right now.”
Pressure is starting to come to the high scoring All-star as age and and expectations from the New York fans are starting to become his baggage to move on.
“That doesn’t sit well with me — kind of even to reflect a little bit on that and to think about that is tough,” said Anthony.
“That doesn’t sit well with me — to know that it can be three years if we don’t pick it up right now.”
But with that, Anthony is praying that he would be able to play with another player that has the caliber of LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook whether if it is them coming to new your or him leaving for another city.
“I think everybody kind of dreams and hopes that they can play with another great player, another star player. It’s a star player’s league,” Anthony said. “I think that’s what we talk about when we all get together — ‘I want to play with you, I want to play with you.’ Even here, different guys say, ‘Come play with me, come play with me.’ So that’s always the mindset. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it don’t.
Age has already come to Anthony and he admits that he got only a few years left in the NBA.
“But I think everybody that’s in my situation, that’s in my position, they all want the load off especially the older they get. Because you realize you just can’t do it all by yourself. Everybody knows that.”