Carmelo Anthony is reportedly open to waiving his no-trade clause.
That doesn’t mean he wants to be traded. That doesn’t mean the Knicks are trying to trade him.
It’s a perfectly reasonable stance for a star player on the wrong side of 30 stuck on a losing team that should probably rebuild.
But Melo and his agent are trying to shut down that line of thought.
Melo, via Ian Begley of ESPN:
“Come on, man. After all the work I did to get here and get back here? If I was to get up and want to leave now that would just make me weak, make me have a weak mind,” Anthony said on Friday morning. “I’ve never been a person to try to run from any adversity or anything like that so I’m not going to pick today to do that.”
Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose, said the idea that Anthony wanted to leave the Knicks is “utter nonsense.”
“Carmelo, as always, is committed to the Knicks,” Rose said in a text message to ESPNNewYork.com on Friday. “There have never been discussions about trades or wanting to leave New York. Any story, rumor, report to the contrary is utter nonsense.”
As I wrote earlier, someone leaking that Melo was open to accepting a trade carries significance. Whether or not anything comes of it, it’s another sign of discord. (And there have been many already.)
It’s the type of continued issues that could lead Melo to waive his no-trade clause… eventually
I don’t think we’re there yet. I don’t think we’re close yet – especially because Melo’s trade kicker wouldn’t raise his salary unless he’s traded next season or later.
How to handle Melo in the long-term is a real concern for the Knicks, and assessing him in the short-term also carries challenges.
Melo, who missed the Knicks’ loss to the Spurs on Wednesday and might need surgery on his knee, isn’t looking too healthy for tonight’s game against the Celtics.
Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe:
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New York has lost 10 straight. Boston is beatable, but that gets tougher without Melo.
The Knicks’ present, with or without Melo, isn’t pretty.
On the bright side, their future, with or without Melo, is uncertain. Yup, uncertainty is the bright side in New York.