There were murmurings this season that the New York Knicks were considering moving star forward Carmelo Anthony and the approximately $102 million owed to him over the next four years. But in order for them to do so, Anthony would have had to waive the no-trade clause built into his contract.
Anthony, despite missing the postseason for the third straight time (after making it in each of his first 10 seasons), insists he's not going to do that this summer.
"You'll see me here," Anthony told Yahoo Finance on Wednesday, at a tech conference where he was promoting his company, Melo7 Tech Partners.
"For the Knicks," he clarified, "absolutely."
In March, reports suggested Anthony would be inclined to waive the no-trade if the Knicks whiffed in free agency this summer, while Anthony himself said his loyalty to the franchise might "come back to bite me in the ass."
Anthony is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-high 4.2 assists per game, but saw his scoring average (21.8) dip to its lowest point since the 2004-05 campaign.
At the same time, his rookie teammate, Kristaps Porzingis, established himself as the Knicks' foundation for the future. With Anthony declining (if gently), and Porzingis ascending, the team's on something of a wavy timeline. If the Knicks look like a lottery team again next season, the trade rumblings are only going to get louder.
Copyright © 2016 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.