New York Knicks: 5 bold, sizzling hot takes for 2017-18

GREENBURG, NY - JULY 17: New York Knicks team President, Steve Mills and Jeff Hornacek of the New York Knicks introduce General Manager Scott Perry at a pess conference at the at Knicks Practice Center July 17, 2017 in Greenburg, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images)
GREENBURG, NY - JULY 17: New York Knicks team President, Steve Mills and Jeff Hornacek of the New York Knicks introduce General Manager Scott Perry at a pess conference at the at Knicks Practice Center July 17, 2017 in Greenburg, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Carmelo Anthony remains a Knick all season

The rumor mill is churning like butter in an Amish paradise this offseason, and the New York Knicks are at the forefront. The rumors swirl around none other than Carmelo Anthony, the much maligned star of the Knicks franchise.

Anthony went from standing his ground and not allowing Phil Jackson to run him out of New York, to being part of Jackson’s ouster. Now, Anthony has had an about-face with new general manager Scott Perry, requesting a trade and pinpointing Houston as his preferred destination.

With a no-trade clause in his contract, ‘Melo has the key to any deal that the Knicks can include him in.

With that said, it will be hard for the Knicks to find a good deal sending Anthony to the Rockets without receiving undesirable contracts in return. New general manager Scott Perry may be better suited to keep Anthony.

He may hope he can convince him to at least play this season out with Kristaps Porzingis and Frank Ntilikina.

With the East potentially up for grabs given an impending Kyrie Irving trade, this may be the best opportunity ‘Melo has at making the NBA Finals out of the East. This trade stalemate between Anthony and the Knicks’ front office may result in him staying put this year.