Carmelo Anthony has heard one too many rumors. If you have a question about his future with the New York Knicks, you can save it for someone else.
Carmelo Anthony, like many fans of the New York Knicks, is sick and tired of the incessant rumors of his potential departure. He’s heard the talk that he’ll waive his no-trade clause and request a deal to a contending team, digested the information, and come right back at the people producing it.
Rather than entertaining the talks of his pending departure, Anthony is leaving conversations about his future to the media.
Anthony committed to the Knicks by signing a five-year contract worth just over $124 million in 2014. He’s in the process of completing the second of five seasons, and while New York’s inability to make the playoffs may frustrate him, it’s nothing in comparison to his being obsessively mentioned on the rumor mill.
"“S—, I don’t know. Honestly, it’s hard to answer those type of questions when you really don’t know what’s going to happen towards the end of the summer,” he said. “We still have a month left in this season. So to think about whether I’m going to be on this team next summer, that’s for you to speculate.”"
Considering how committed to the organization Anthony has been, it’s not hard to see why he’s so aggravated by these reports.
Anthony’s decision to sign a five-year deal with the Knicks was made in spite of the Chicago Bulls offering him a max contract and an immediate opportunity to contend. He’s since publicly voiced his support of the front office on more than one occasion, but even that hasn’t proven to be enough for the story-hungry rumor mill.
At this point, the only thing left for Anthony to do is make a blood pact—and please, Phil Jackson, do not let that happen.
If the day comes that Anthony wants to leave New York, then he’ll waive his no-trade clause. Until that moment arrives, however, speculating about his future with the team is merely occurring due to the uncertain nature of the Knicks’ immediate future.
Anthony recently met with team president Jackson to discuss the future of the team. His description of the events:
On a more serious note, Anthony called it a good conversation. He proceeded to further emphasized the need for the front office to come through with a strong offseason, per Bondy:
"“The conversation was good. We had a good conversation. Now it’s on those guys,” Anthony said. “It’s on the front office to do their jobs for what they see fit for this team, what this team needs, what this team don’t need. It’s up to them.”Asked about the possibility of the Knicks striking out again in the summer, Anthony cut off the question, “I don’t know what’s going to happen in the summer. I can’t predict that,” he said."
Anthony is focused on his future with the Knicks, and nothing else.
Anthony has represented the Knicks in a respectful and respectable manner. He hasn’t lashed out at his teammates, criticized the front office, or thrown diatribe at the unforgiving fanbase.
Instead, he’s played his heart out, transformed his playing style, and committed to mentoring Kristaps Porzingis.
How much more could really be asked of the man leading the Knicks in points, rebounds, and assists per game?