While the trade rumors are flowing around the New York Knicks after their poor start to the 2013-14 season, apparently you can cross one name off the list as it looks like he won’t be traded anytime soon.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, the Knicks have “zero interest” in trading superstar Carmelo Anthony.
If the Knicks do not turn around their season when Tyson Chandler returns from injury, you can expect the Anthony issue to become a monster heading toward the February trade deadline. Because if Anthony doesn’t think the Knicks are best for him over the next five years, he will make it an issue and possibly force a trade again if he thinks that would be best for him.
The Knicks, sources say, have zero intention 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 have won two consecutive games, it doesn’t change the fact that this team is not any closer to winning a championship now than before Anthony arrived.
Anthony’s pending free agency will still be a major distraction the rest of the season.
Anthony denied a report on Thursday that his mind was already made up to leave the team for greener pastures, and with so much time left in this current season, it’s easy to five him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to that.
But if the Knicks continue to struggle, he won’t be able to force his way out of the Big Apple the way he did in Denver as it seems like there is no way the Knicks will move him.
However judging by Melo’s past, this could turn into a full-fledged circus before it is all said and done.
You can debate the fact whether or not the Knicks should move Anthony and each side of the discussion has its own merit.
On the positive side by not moving Anthony, the Knicks retain one of the best players in the NBA and someone they feel they can build a championship team around.
But on the negative side, Melo is a guy who has never won anything in the NBA and that may be easier said than done. He is also the one guy that can bring back valuable assets in a trade to potentially build a championship team in the future.
Whichever side of the fence that you sit on, it looks to be clear that Anthony won’t be going anywhere this year, whether he demands so or not.