Carmelo Anthony better get comfortable, because he isn't going anywhere. Not until this summer, at least.
This isn't the first time a potential Anthony trade has been shot down. Sources also told ESPN's Brian Windhorst in December there was no way the Knicks would consider moving Anthony:
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.
With the Knicks playing a brand of basketball that makes bare-skinned snow tubing throughout Yakutsk, Russia, seem like a good idea, Anthony's future in the Big Apple has become a mystery. He will hit unrestricted free agency this summer, at which point he can leave the Knicks with absolutely nothing.
Calls for the Knicks to explore trading Anthony in attempt to wage controlled demolition have naturally gained steam, but trading him is one thing New York won't do.
Procuring adequate value in return would be almost impossible. Unless Anthony agrees to play out the last year of his current contract or re-sign wherever he goes, no team will cede coveted assets in exchange for a potential rental.
The Knicks also aren't ones to fold, even if they're playing a bad hand.
Courtesy of a submissive Eastern Conference, they're only two games back of a postseason spot. As long as there's a chance to make the playoffs, Anthony isn't going anywhere.
There's also New York's future to consider. Fear of losing this season has been tapered by the Knicks' belief they can land another superstar or two.
Windhorst revealed in December the Knicks think they can land multiple superstars in 2015 when they're projected to be flush with cap space. Sam Amick of USA Today also says they're "hoping against hope" to acquire Rajon Rondo from the Boston Celtics before then.
Good luck with that.
But as foolish and presumptuous as the Knicks seem, they can still offer Anthony one year and $30-plus million more than any other team. That alone could be enough to keep him in New York.
"I am a little disappointed just from as far as where we stand at in the standings, where we are as a team," Anthony said Monday, per ESPN New York's Ohm Youngmisuk.
Disappointed enough to leave? We'll find out this summer, and not a moment sooner. The Knicks will make sure of that.
*Salary information obtained via ShamSports.