According to Zach Lowe of Grantland, the New York Knicks are “getting closer” to engaging Carmelo Anthony in trade talks. This would mean that they are “getting closer” to persuading Carmelo to lift his no-trade clause. Also, this would mean that the Knicks are “getting closer” to trading the player they signed to a five-year, $124 million dollar contract a little over a year ago.
Is it me, or does this sound as bogus as a three dollar bill? Why would Phil Jackson trade the player he’s paying $22 million dollars a year after one free-agency period? The Knicks made improvements to their roster, not what the people of New York were expecting, but major improvements from their 17-win season. If Carmelo ever wants out of the situation he is in with the Knicks, he will make it loud and clear so everybody can hear it just like he did in Denver.
As long as the people within the Knicks that Phil Jackson has hired from his past Championship teams with the Bulls and Lakers are still there, Carmelo, rightfully so, will continue to believe that the Knicks will continue to improve. Carmelo believes this is just the beginning of a fast building process. The reason it is a “fast” building process, is because Phil Jackson is rebuilding the team not with young players, but with players who can play to win in the upcoming years of the NBA.
At a team USA mini-camp in Las Vegas, Carmelo spoke his mind about the Knicks free-agency.
“Honestly, I thought we did a great job just as far as putting the pieces that we need to put together.”
This does not sound like a player who wants out of his current situation, or a player who is about to be pushed out. What Zach Lowe has reported sounds like something of a bored individual waiting for the NBA season to start so he can report some real news.
According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Knicks have not explored any possibility of trading Carmelo.
“On count one, the parties are not guilty; a person with direct knowledge of the Knicks’ front-office discussions told CBS Sports Thursday that Jackson and Mills have not so much as had a discussion about trading Anthony — no matter how much Peyote may or may not have been in the air.”
Just as so many other New York related false reports over the years, in due time, Zach Lowe’s report will be nothing else but an old, out-dated link that nobody will ever read.
Now please, let me continue to hide out in my house, watching NBATV specials such as Hardwood Classics, and Open Court until October 27th, 2015 at 8:00 ET.