Anthony, whom the Knicks acquired from the Denver Nuggets during last year's trade deadline, has worn out his welcome in the Big Apple with all his needless posturing with the press and forcing Mike D'Antoni to fail by not buying into his system.
This led to Anthony allegedly telling a source that he would rather be traded by Thursday's deadline after losing to the Chicago Bulls. Anthony, however, denied that rumor that started with a New York Post headline saying "Melo Wants Out!"
Anthony is going to stay with the Knicks not only after the trade deadline, but until his contract runs out. The reason is quite simple.
Whatever Anthony wants, he will apparently get.
D'Antoni never wanted the Knicks to trade for Anthony in the first place. According to ProBasketballTalk.com, D'Antoni wanted the Knicks to deal Melo to the New Jersey Nets for point guard Deron Williams.
The Knicks were 6-1 without both Amar'e Stoudemire and Anthony when Lin was hot, and D'Antoni was trying to get Melo out of the Big Apple. But Knicks chairman James Dolan couldn't be persuaded that the Knicks could win without Anthony.
With Anthony back into the lineup, New York is a bad 3-8 and are looking like they will continue free falling from the playoff standings.
Even if the Knicks wanted to unload Anthony, no NBA team would dare take on Melo's drama and declining play.
New York is stuck with No. 7 for better or worse, but mostly for worse.
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