When the New York Knicks lost nine straight games, rumors began to circulate that Carmelo Anthony had already decided to leave the team this upcoming summer. While Anthony denied these rumors before the team played the Brooklyn Nets, a lot can change between now and July 1st when he officially becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Despite stating numerous times that he wants to re-sign and retire in New York, many are suggesting that the Knicks look to trade the superstar before the trade deadline in February. However, the Knicks have zero intention of trading Anthony regardless of what he may say about free agency according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst:
“The Knicks, sources say, have zero intentions of trading Anthony no matter what he says about next summer. Not only did owner Jim Dolan personally seal the deal to bring Anthony to New York, but the front office realizes it has one of the most talented players in the league and won’t be able to get fair value in return.”
While the Knicks currently have a 5-13 record, they have played most of the season without their best defensive presence, Tyson Chandler. The organization is hopeful that the return of Chandler will mean more wins and a chance to win a championship this season. However, if the Knicks are unable to turn their season around with Chandler in the line-up, Anthony may possibly force another trade to do what’s ultimately best for him.
Despite the poor start, only three teams in the Eastern Conference are above the .500 mark. The Knicks are currently three games out of first in the Atlantic division and eighth seed in the conference. With a two game winning streak, New York looks to continue this momentum against the Boston Celtics on Sunday.