Carmelo Anthony Comments on Trade Rumors and Future with Knicks

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2016

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony walks up court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is getting ready to play in his ninth All-Star Game on Sunday, but he's also shooting down questions about where his playing future lies. 

During an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio (per Al Iannazzone of Newsday), Anthony said: "I don't pay attention to those rumors. I'm not going anywhere."

Per Ian Begley of, in the same interview, Anthony added that playing in New York always enhances the trade rumor spotlight: "When you're in New York, you're always up for grabs, I'll tell you that. Trades are always up for grabs. It's always, 'Who's next?' There's nothing guaranteed when you're in New York."

The questions for Anthony have come up after Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported on Friday the Knicks had "very preliminary discussions" about a three-team trade involving the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics

According to Isola's report, the deal discussed was centered around Kevin Love and had Anthony being dealt to the Cavaliers with the Knicks receiving Timofey Mozgov's expiring contract and multiple draft picks. 

However, Isola made it clear discussions have not progressed and Anthony has a full no-trade clause that would allow him to veto any potential deal. 

Per Begley's report, Anthony did say "the only thing" he cares about at this stage of his career is winning an NBA championship. It's clearly not going to happen for the Knicks this year. They enter the All-Star break with a 23-32 record and a 1-9 mark in their last 10 games. 

Anthony is in the second year of a five-year, $124 million deal he signed in the summer of 2014. The 31-year-old is averaging 21.4 points and shooting 42.6 percent overall, his worst mark since his rookie year. 

The Knicks would probably prefer to be free of Anthony's salary as they look to build around Kristaps Porzingis, but the former scoring champion doesn't seem to be in any hurry to force the team's hand before Thursday's trade deadline.