Throughout the past few weeks, we have heard plenty of discussion surrounding New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and the possibility that the team could be looking to trade him before he becomes a free agent next season, but those reports have been denied and the Knicks are now saying that they have no intentions of trading their top player.
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.
New York has been able to string together two wins over the struggling Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic after a painful losing streak, so it is promising that they have are heading in the right direction and appear to be turning things around.
When the team was struggling, trading Anthony made sense so that they would be able to get something in return before free agency hits.
However, if they are able to continue their turnaround, the Knicks could find there way near the top of the Eastern Conference where we expected them to be before the season and convince Anthony that this is the place he wants to stay.