Worry not, New York Knicks fans, Carmelo Anthony is not going anywhere. According to Stefan Bandy of the New York Post, Anthony was anything but ambiguous about that when asked if he’d wanted a trade:
“Hell no,” Anthony said when asked if he’d consider a trade. “For me to get to that point and then decide that this is not what it’s going to be, I already came this far. That don’t even come across my mind at this point.”
That’s all well and good, and there are a variety of reasons that he could have given that answer. And it could even be a mix of any or all of them.
Anthony could be genuinely satisfied with his situation at the moment. The Knicks had a solid offseason, acquiring Aaron Afflalo and Robin Lopez in free agency. They also drafted Kristaps Porzingis and Jerian Grant in the draft, both of whom could contribute as soon as this year. In the East, that might be enough to contend for a postseason spot, or at least enough to lure another big name to join him in the Big Apple next summer.
Anthony could be looking at next season when his trade-kicker goes into effect and thinking that’s a better time to ask out of New York.
Or, it could be that he’s not getting courted by anyone. He is owed the second-biggest sum of money in the league on his current contract, finished last season injured, is 31 years old, and has never proven himself to be a player who consistently help teams win in the playoffs.
That’s a lot of risks to pony up over $20 million worth of player and prospects to acquire. It might be Anthony isn’t pushing for a trade because he’s aware that he’s not that tradeable of the piece right now. Perhaps, if he comes back strong and shows he can still be an elite scorer, that changes.
Whether it’s any of these are all of these, it’s doubtful he’s going anywhere this year.