Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: New York Knicks Need to Deal Melo Immediately

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2012

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Carmelo Anthony needs to get out of New York as soon as possible, and the Knicks should be more than happy to get rid of the All-Star forward. 

According to a report from Marc Berman of the New York Post, Anthony told a "confidant that he preferred to be traded before Thursday's trade deadline."

According to a person familiar with his thinking, Anthony’s disillusionment stems most from a belief coach Mike D’Antoni and interim GM Glen Grunwald do not trust him. He is surprised that after all the Knicks gave up to trade for him, he has not been asked for more input on personnel decisions, as Deron Williams has with the Nets.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports that Anthony's agent finds it "laughable" that his client wants out of New York. 

Carmelo Anthony's agent, Leon Rose, refutes reports that Melo wants out of NY. "Total nonsense," Rose tells Daily News. "It's laughable."

— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) March 14, 2012

Of course the agent would say that. Anthony's greatest marketing potential comes from playing in New York. That just means more money for him. 

Anthony was quick to refute Berman's report when he was asked about it during the team's Wednesday morning shootaround.

I don’t know where that came from. I’m tired of hearing it. It came out this morning from I guess an anonymous source. I’m tired of anonymous sources. I don’t want to be traded. I don’t know where that foolishness came from, so let’s put a cap on that and make this the last time I hear about that. 

Just in case you didn't believe Anthony before, he took to Twitter to let the world know where his heart lies. 

Alright, enough with all this trade talk. It's making me sick to my stomach to hear that I wanna leave NY.

— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) March 14, 2012

As long as the team is struggling and he keeps looking like the most miserable player on the Knicks, the talk probably won't stop. Of course, he also lucks out with the trade deadline happening on Thursday. 

The diva attitude in the NBA, particularly among stars, is so outrageous. It makes NFL wide receivers look like model citizens by comparison. 

Anthony hasn't done anything in his career that warrants him being involved in the decision-making process. He scores a lot of points and is on playoff teams, but what has he really done that makes him feel he should be included in what the team does?

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D'Antoni and Grunwald have no reason to trust Anthony at this point. His performance this season has been pedestrian. He is shooting the ball too much, his scoring is down, he doesn't play defense, and all he does is complain about how everyone is out to get him. 

If Anthony wants out of New York, the Knicks should be more than happy to look for ways to dump him wherever they can. 

Berman's report does say that it is "unlikely" that the Knicks would be able to find a deal for Anthony so close to the deadline, which is too bad for them. They are spiraling out of control and could use some kind of spark to save the season. 

As much excitement as there was for Anthony's arrival in New York last year, the thought of him wanting out should be welcome. He doesn't contribute anything of value to the team, they aren't better with him and he drags everyone else down. 

An 11th-hour deal sending Anthony anywhere would be just the thing for the Knicks to get back on the right track.