Carmelo Anthony has made it clear. He wants to play alongside Chris Paul and James Harden in Houston, not alongside anyone in New York.
The news came out last week that the Knicks had paused trade talks for Carmelo Anthony and wanted to bring him back for next season. While the Knicks may want to keep Anthony the feeling is by no means mutual.
Anthony has now made it known that he wants out of New York.
While appearing on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Adrian Wojnarowski gave an update on Anthony’s status. Per Wojnarowski, Anthony has no interest in talking to the Knicks about being reincorporated into their roster.
While Anthony may want to escape from New York, the Knicks are in no hurry to trade him to Houston—or anywhere else—just yet. Wojnarowski mentioned negotiations between the two teams could continue for months, perhaps even up until late September when training camp starts up.
Maybe the Knicks have finally found some leverage in this Carmelo Anthony saga. It’s possible that if these talks drag on, the Knicks will receive a better return for Anthony, who can become a free agent at the end of the 2017-18 season.
Then again, maybe they won’t.