Published: Ср, Января 18, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Carmelo Anthony discusses no-trade clause, criticism from Phil Jackson associate

Like Patrick Ewing, whose popularity grows in NY with each year, as people cast fewer and fewer aspersions about his lack of a championship, Anthony has made his mark on the Knicks franchise. Anthony's comments came in the context of an article written by FanRag's Charley Rosen, a Phil Jackson confidant who speculated that while Anthony would only want to be traded to the Cavaliers or Clippers, "perhaps Melo is sufficiently disgusted to accept a trade elsewhere".

Anthony hardly ignored the likelihood that Rosen's opinions had Jackson's fingerprints on them. And to finally close the deal, the Clippers will obtain Carmelo Anthony from the Knicks. Shelburne described the face-to-face as "far more contentious than previous sit-downs", but a source told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical that Anthony said he wished to remain in NY.

The ball, as they say, is back in Jackson's hands.

Neither Jackson nor general manager Steve Mills addressed the situation with Anthony on Monday, the star forward said. They have lost 10 of their last 12 games and their 18-23 record has them in the 10th place in the eastern conference, 2.5 games out of a playoff spot.

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ESPN first reported that Jackson and Anthony met Tuesday afternoon prior to the Knicks traveling to Boston. This is a statement about 32-year-old Carmelo Anthony, a player unquestionably bound for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame upon his retirement. Anthony also said Sunday he hadn't "thought about" waiving his no-trade clause, but still wanted assurances from Jackson he wanted him here. I haven't thought once about that, but I hear it, hear all the rhetoric going on out there.

What's clear is Anthony has grown frustrated with what he perceives as a lack of respect, specifically from Jackson. "He's (Anthony's) four months away from his 33rd birthday, his contract is enormous and contains a no-trade clause". As per the Fan Sided said in their report, trading Anthony will resolve nothing.

Carmelo Anthony insists he remains loyal to the New York Knicks, even if the organization is no longer extending the same courtesy.

In 39 games this season, Anthony is still posting solid averages of 22.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Unless Thompson and a bevy of young assets (something Cleveland doesn't have) go New York's way, an Anthony trade doesn't make sense for either side.

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