With New York losing nine straight games, there is uncertainty surrounding the future of Carmelo Anthony in a Knicks uniform after this season. While Anthony has stated that he would like to retire a Knick, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith’s sources have recently told him otherwise. According to these sources, Carmelo has already decided that he will not return to New York and the organization should look to trade him before the deadline in February.
After preparing for tonight’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, Anthony responded to those sources via North Jersey’s beat writer Steve Popper:
“I don’t know who his sources are, but if it’s not coming from me, if it’s not coming from people I talk to on a daily basis, which I don’t talk to anybody about that — anybody on my crew, anybody on my team, family, nobody — then it’s just not true.”
While Anthony will become an unrestricted free agent, he has stated numerous times that he wants to retire in New York. With the team’s current struggles, the six-time All-Star will have to continue deflecting these rumors until the Knicks start winning again.
Although this current losing streak may affect his decision, the Knicks may have as much as $38 million in cap space in 2015 and are reportedly willing to let him build his own team. If Anthony re-signs this summer and is willing to wait one season, he’ll be able to recruit two All-Star players like Kevin Love and Rajon Rondo.