Carmelo Anthony Denies Report He Blocked Trade Involving Celtics, Cavaliers

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2016

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony plays during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota TimberwolvesSaturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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Carmelo Anthony was one of a few marquee names thrown around as potential trade chips near the deadline, but the New York Knicks star firmly denied Wednesday he blocked any potential deal.

"No. Heck no," Anthony responded when asked whether the Knicks front office approached him about a possible trade, per Frank Isola and Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

He seemingly referenced the speculation about his future in a cryptic tweet sent Thursday:   

Isola reported on Feb. 13 that the Knicks, Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers were discussing a possible trade that would've sent Anthony to Cleveland and Kevin Love to Boston. According to ESPN.com's Ian Begley, the Celtics also signaled an interest in acquiring Melo themselves.

In an interview with SiriusXM Radio earlier in the month (via Bondy), Anthony reaffirmed his commitment to his current team: "I don't want to run. I could have ran somewhere when I was a free agent. I came back for a reason. I came back because I want to be here."

Of course, that's not to say Anthony is pleased the Knicks are on their third head coach (interim coach Kurt Rambis) since last reaching the playoffs in 2012-13 and their fourth since he arrived in February 2011.

"It's been tough. It's challenging," he said this week, per ESPN.com's Ohm Youngmisuk. "It's challenging to kind of stay strong and positive through all this. … When you look at it, how many different coaches? Four different coaches. [A lot of] different players. I mean, that's a lot to go through."

While there's no reason to think he's currently pushing for a trade from the Knicks at the end of the year, it wouldn't be a major surprise if he does in fact switch teams at some point in the next few years.

He's 31 years old, so he may not want to continue playing for a losing team if New York doesn't start making significant improvements in the future. If the Knicks look to be out of the playoff picture a year from now, Anthony's future in the Big Apple will likely be a topic of discussion once again.