by Dominick J. Fils-Aimé | January 20, 2017
Since coming to New York via Denver six years ago, Carmelo Anthony has consistently expressed his desire to remain a Knick. Despite the organization’s disorganization including: its 6 coaches in 8 years, replacing its most successful regime in years of Donnie Walsh and Mike Woodson, and the mess Phil Jackson has made after inheriting a team that had a .58 win percentage over the previous 2 years….the 6”8 240 pound forward still remains loyal to the city, however. The 9x all-star conceded that if trading him was the direction the Knicks front office wanted to walk towards, he would consider it.
“I think it will be more on the front office,” Anthony told Newsday this week. “I have the power, but still I would talk to them. We would be in communication if they feel like they want to go in a different direction, they want to start rebuilding for the future. If they tell me they want to scrap this whole thing, yeah, I have to consider it.”
The power the 2013 scoring champ is referring to is his ability to waive the no-trade clause featured in the 5 year $124 million contract agreed upon in 2014. Ultimately, if management “rather” rebuild around 7”2 forward Kristaps Porzingis than meander in the lower half of the lottery for the next two years, Melo might be inclined to exercise his loyalty to his relationship with New York….by letting go, and allowing her to reach her potential, with efficiency….or eventually ɽ.
“There’s a part of me that also would feel like I’m being selfish to the guys that are on the team right now, in the midst of us losing to just try to figure a way to escape from everything. For me personally, it would be more of something I would really have to think about and consider. Put it all on the table and figure it out,” Anthony explained.
The Knicks declined to comment, which has been a constant in regards to the public relationship the Jackson administration has had with New York zealots and their media. Unfortunately, it appears that Melo has become the scapegoat for an organization whose offensive approach is more concerned with proving an ancient system works, when players commit to it, than playing through the strengths of its most talented offensive asset. In any case, whomever might potentially inherit the aging offensive superstar’s talents, feed him when hot.