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Carmelo Anthony Comments on Knicks' Lack of Activity at Trade Deadline

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2017

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After standing pat at the NBA trade deadline, Carmelo Anthony questioned the New York Knicks' direction Thursday night.

According to ESPN.com's Ian Begley, Melo said he didn't understand the organization's game plan: "No, not now. No, to be honest with you. I think they were kind of planning on the trade deadline, whether they were trying to make moves. I think that was one plan. Now they've got to get back to the drawing board and come up with another plan about the future of this team."

Per ESPN's Marc Stein, the Knicks wanted to deal point guard Derrick Rose to the Minnesota Timberwolves straight up for Ricky Rubio, but the T-Wolves declined.

Anthony was also the subject of myriad trade rumors leading up to the deadline; however, management kept together a team that is 12th in the Eastern Conference at 23-35 and five games out of the final playoff spot.

According to Begley, Melo expressed a desire to know what the front office's strategy was:

Yeah, I mean, nobody likes to be in limbo. We all want to know kind of what's going on, especially when it's involving you. But that's not the way it is in sports. I don't think I'm the only one that's going through that or feeling that way. I think there's other players who feel the same way, that they want to be involved—not involved, but at least up to date with what's going on. I feel like I'm kind of up to date as far as when it comes to me what's going on.

Following a quiet deadline, the Knicks fell 119-104 to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.

New York now has only 24 games remaining in the 2016-17 regular season to make a playoff push or it will miss out for the fourth year in a row.

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