Despite recent rumors circulating that the New York Knicks are open to trading superstar Carmelo Anthony prior to the February 20 trade deadline, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that there is “no chance” the Knicks deal Melo.
There is “no chance” the Knicks will deal Carmelo Anthony, who owns a contract opt-out this summer, before the trade deadline, a source said.
Anthony will hit free agency following this season and there is no clear indication that he will remain in New York. The 29-year-old has previously stated that he is focused on winning a championship at this point in his career, an objective that is far from guaranteed with the 20-31 Knicks. Rather than letting him walk this summer and receiving nothing in return if he chooses to sign elsewhere, it certainly makes sense to look into trade opportunities.
Yet, controversial owner James Dolan would essentially concede his master plan to be an epic failure if Melo is dealt. As of now, it seems as though the Knicks will pursue trades without Anthony involved and hope to reach the postseason and retain their best player for years to come.
Anthony is averaging 27.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting, 8.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 48 games this season.