Carmelo Anthony Says He'll Remain with Knicks for 2016-17 Season

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 11, 2016

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony is seen during an NBA basketball game against the Philadlephia 76ers, Friday, April 8, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
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New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is not planning on wearing a different uniform when the 2016-17 season begins.

Speaking to Yahoo Finance on Wednesday at the TechCrunch Disrupt Summit (via ESPN.com's Ian Begley), Anthony said "you'll see me (playing) for the Knicks, absolutely," when asked if he would be in New York next season. 

The Knicks are going through more turnover, as they are still in search of a new head coach, and Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca reported in April that team president Phil Jackson "badly wants out of New York" and has hopes of returning to the Los Angeles Lakers

Grange noted Jackson "is believed to have an out" in his contract after next season, so the legendary former head coach will be tied to the Knicks for the 2016-17 campaign, barring some change of heart with New York's ownership. 

There have been whispers about Anthony potentially being unhappy if the Knicks make Kurt Rambis their full-time head coach, after he served in the role on an interim basis to end this past season. 

NBA reporter Peter Vecsey speculated about Anthony's potential unrest during an appearance on the Brown and Scoop podcast (via CBS Sports Radio's Jake Brown):

If they hire Rambis, I think that is telling Melo they don’t want him. I don’t know where he goes, but I think that is the belief…the truth is Melo likes Rambis. I know that for a fact. He thinks he’s a good guy, but he doesn’t think he’s the coach they need to go further than they are right now. He’s not a good coach. He couldn’t coach a lick. The players used to mock him. He’s a joke. If they hire Kurt Rambis, I’m sure Melo is going to demand to be traded or not demand, work it out, where do you want to go.

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The Knicks would probably like to get away from Anthony's contract, which pays him more than $78 million over the next three years, per Spotrac. His performance has been in decline, as his 21.8 points per game and 6.4 win shares were his lowest marks in those categories since 2004-05 (minimum 70 games).

Anthony will turn 32 years old on May 29 and is running out of time to compete for championships while still playing at a high level, but he also has a no-trade clause that allows him to dictate where he plays moving forward. 

It's not a good situation for Anthony or the Knicks, but it's the marriage they signed up for when both sides agreed to a five-year extension in 2014. 

Stats via Basketball-Reference.com 

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