Carmelo Anthonys tenure with the New York Knicks could come to an end this offseason but only if hewaives his no-trade clause. Its a scenario that appears to be growing more likelyby the day as the turmoil with the Knicks continues to weigh on the 32-year-old All-Star.
Anthony told ESPN that its become hard to trust team president Phil Jackson after his veiled criticism of the 12-time All-Star. Could it be enough of a rift that might ultimately lead Anthony to say goodbye to the franchise he forced a trade to in 2011?
"If somebody was talking bad about you indirectly at your job, what would you do? You would feel a certain way," Anthony said. "You would want that person to come straightforward with you. And I feel the same way. I'm always open. I'm a very honest person. I know the business and I know the game and I know how it works. So if it's something that you want to get across, a message that you want to get across, I've always been open."
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Anthony made it quite clear that he wants to stay in New York but only if the franchise is in a win-now mindset. The Knicks, coming off a 31-51 campaign, reportedly picked up a two-year option for Jackson, who has seen the franchise go 80-166 in his three full seasons as team president.
"If everybody's committed to [winning], I'm committed to that too," Anthony said. "I want to win, and hopefully everybody else has that same type of mindset."
The Knicks have a young centerpiece to build around in Kristaps Porzingis, but key questions remain on the rest of the roster. Derrick Rose, who recently had knee surgery, will become a free agent this summer and Joakim Noah reportedly will have shoulder surgery and also has to serve the remainder of his 20-game suspension next season.