Carmelo Anthony: ‘That’s not something that I’m concerned about’ on trade deadline; Preparing to face LeBron, Cavs

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Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks
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New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony isn’t worried about the various rumors circulating as the trade deadline approaches. The 10-time NBA All-Star strongly believes that he’ll stay with the Knicks and focuses on their upcoming game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“I don’t think that’s something that I’m worried about or thinking about at this time,” Anthony said when asked about the possibility of being traded. “If something is going to happen, it’s going to happen. I haven’t heard anything as of right now, so that’s not something that I’m concerned about.”

Carmelo Anthony became the center of controversy in the past months. After a trade rumor circulated about him, Anthony immediately met with president Phil Jackson. He informed him that he wanted to stay and win with the Knicks. However, this didn’t stop the speculations as Jackson reportedly wanted Anthony out of their team.

In the recent offseason, Jackson did his best to surround Anthony with quality players. After trading for Derrick Rose, the Knicks succeeded to acquire Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, and Brandon Jennings. Before the start of the season, some people considered the Knicks as a “Super Team” like the Golden State Warriors.

Unfortunately, the Knicks failed to live up to expectations and are projected to suffer another disappointing season. As of now, they are in the 12th spot in the Eastern Conference with a 23-34 win-loss record. With their dismal performance, Jackson plans to undergo a full-scale rebuild, starting by trading Carmelo Anthony.

Carmelo Anthony will stay with the Knicks after trade deadline

Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract which means the Knicks need his permission before he could be traded to any team. The 32-year-old small forward would waive his no-trade clause but for only three teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, and the Boston Celtics. The Knicks gave their asking price for Anthony but none of the three teams are willing to give their demand.

As of now, Carmelo Anthony thinks he’ll still be a Knick after the trade deadline. He believes that the Knicks management knows where he stands in regard to his future with the team. However, Anthony revealed that he’ll have to at least consider if the Knicks presented a deal.

“I would have to really look at it. But like I said, there’s nothing that’s come across,” he said. “So until something is imminent, something is of some substance, then it’s not something that I’m thinking about.”

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