With NBA rumors of a possible trade out of the New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony has declared that he will stick with the Big Apple team and plans to retire with the N.Y. franchise.
Various NBA rumors have already linked Anthony to various teams but with a “no trade” clause stipulated in his current contract, the Knicks have no choice but to stick with their star and try to make it work as they aim to get back in contention for the NBA Playoffs in the next few years.
There is also the problem of Anthony’s contract and its value, as he is one of the highest paid players in the league and the Knicks will have difficulty trading him to other NBA teams this offseason.
Anthony signed a five-year deal worth over $124 million before the 2014-2015 NBA Season and he will get paid over $25 million per year for the next three years. Unless another team is willing to risk taking in the 30-year-old forward’s contract, it would be difficult to imagine seeing Anthony in another NBA jersey other than the one that reads New York.
NBA rumors will persist this 2016 offseason that Anthony is available for trades and Phil Jackson, the president of the franchise, might try to convince him that the Knicks are moving on in another direction and rebuild with prized rookie Kristaps Porzingis.
However, it looks like Anthony values playing in a big market city like New York rather than playing for a title and wins.
Carmelo Anthony, who is one of the stars who has had a losing career in the NBA, has little option but to waive the “no trade” clause if he wants a trade to a winning environment. Until then, the NBA rumors of him getting out of New York will continue to hound him.
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