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Carmelo Anthony's Camp Believes Phil Jackson Trying To Get Him To Waive No-Trade

Jan 23, 2017 10:52 AM

People close to Carmelo Anthony believe some of the constant sniping from Phil Jackson has been a way to get him to waive his no-trade clause with the New York Knicks.

Anthony holds the no-trade clause from his new contract signed in 2014 worth $124.9 million over five seasons. Anthony also has a 15 percent trade kicker.

Jackson held an interview a month ago in which he complained about Anthony stopping ball for too long on offense. More recently, Jackson confidant Charley Rosen wrote an article praising Jackson and critical of Anthony.

During their meeting last week, Anthony reiterated to Jackson he wants to remain with the Knicks.

“I don’t know. I’m done kind of worrying about that,” Anthony said. “My only focus is these guys that’s in this locker room, playing with them. I can’t control anything else.”

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Carmelo Anthony Glad He Protected Himself With No-Trade Clause

Jan 18, 2017 1:37 PM

Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson met to clear the air on Tuesday, but his future with the New York Knicks remains uncertain.

"The conversation wasn't that long," Anthony said at the Knicks morning shootaround in Boston. "We didn't break bread. We didn't have an hour's conversation. It was a short conversation."

"You get tired of it," Anthony later added when asked if he has grown weary of answering questions pertaining to Jackson and himself. "You get tired of it. I have to face you all every day. I'm the one that got to have all the answers. I'm the one that got to kind of make up something. Even when I don't want to talk to you all I still talk to you all. It happens. That's part of the job."

Anthony, however, said there's a reason why he has a no-trade clause.

He reiterated that he plans to remain in New York.

"I think, as players, you always want to protect yourself," Anthony said when asked if he foresaw this situation with Jackson when he had a no-trade clause put in his contract. "I didn't think it would get to this point. I think, as a player, if you can get that (no-trade clause), you have a right to protect yourself and take care of yourself when it comes to that. It's very hard to get, very difficult to get. I have it and that's that.

"I'm committed (to staying). I don't have to prove that to anybody. I don't think I have to keep saying that. I don't think I have to keep talking about that. I know for a fact that people see that."

Anthony said he is "numb" to the amount of drama that has followed him this season.

"Yeah, I'm numb. It's water off my back at this point," said Anthony, who repeatedly said he doesn't want to be a distraction to his teammates. "... That (Karl) situation, we all know what that was about. He was trying to sell something. In this situation you almost have to pay a little bit closer attention to it because you have to deal with it on a day-to-day basis.

"Other than (that), I'm fine, man. I'm good mentally. I'm good. Trust me."

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Some Within Knicks' Organization Believe Carmelo Anthony Should Be Traded

Jan 17, 2017 4:58 PM

Phil Jackson asked Carmelo Anthony if he would like to remain with the New York Knicks during their meeting on Tuesday.

Anthony reaffirmed his desire to remain with New York.

Several members of the organization believe that it's best for the Knicks and Anthony to part ways at this point, league sources told ESPN's Ian Begley.

Anthony has a full no-trade clause.

One source described the meeting as far more contentious than previous sit-downs between Jackson and Anthony.

No specific trades were discussed, sources said, as both sides left the meeting to take time to process the situation and wait on Anthony's answer as to whether he wants to remain with the Knicks or accept a trade elsewhere.

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Carmelo Anthony Informs Phil Jackson He Won't Waive No-Trade Clause

Jan 17, 2017 4:49 PM

During a Tuesday meeting, Carmelo Anthony informed Phil Jackson he intends to remain with the New York Knicks and has no desire to waive his no-trade clause.

Anthony lashed out at Jackson after a critical column written by a confidant of Jackson's implied that Anthony’s days in New York should be coming to an end.

“Nothing has changed,” the source told the Daily News. “He wants to stay in New York and win in New York.”

The Vertical, citing an Anthony source, described the meeting as “calm” and “business-like.”

Anthony, who was aware of the story before being meeting with reporters, hinted that Jackson’s fingerprints were on the story.

"If that's the case, if that's where it's coming from, that side, I guess it's a conversation we should have,'' Anthony said Sunday. "If they feel my time in New York is over, I guess that's a conversation we should have."

The most recent controversy has led some in the Anthony camp wondering if Jackson is intentionally picking a public fight in hopes of agreeing to a trade.

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Knicks Considering Starting Kristaps Porzingis At Center

Jan 17, 2017 1:50 PM

The New York Knicks are considering starting Kristaps Porzingis at center.

Many have suggested Porzingis' best future is at center.

"We’ve got to look at everything. ... In the long run, we’ve got to look at hey, when KP comes back, what, will it change everything all together and what it will do?," said Jeff Hornacek. "Sometimes it’s a chance you have to take, but we continue to look over that. We just need to mix it up maybe a little more."

 

Moving Porzingis to center would send Joakim Noah to the second unit and move Carmelo Anthony to power forward.

Players have privately complained about Hornacek's unpredictable rotations recently.

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Carmelo Anthony Still Seeking Meeting With Phil Jackson

Jan 17, 2017 1:13 PM

Carmelo Anthony has twice asked to meet with Phil Jackson since a column by Charley Rosen was written.

The meeting is expected to happen soon as Anthony's future with the New York Knicks becomes increasingly uncertain.

Jackson and Anthony last talked for just a few moments in December when Anthony was criticized by Jackson in an interview with CBS Sports.

Anthony has a full no-trade clause and has consistently pledged his future to the Knicks.

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Carmelo Anthony Feels He's Already Proven Loyalty To Knicks

Jan 16, 2017 11:00 PM

Carmelo Anthony told the media he remains loyal to the New York Knicks and feels he doesn't need to prove his loyalty to anyone.

"I think I've proven that. I don't have to speak on that. I think I've proven that over the years, day in and day out," Anthony said after the Knicks' 108-107 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. "Regardless of what's going on that's surrounding this team, any talk, anything I've still showed that me being here, coming to work, being professional, got to answer your guys' questions every day, got to deal with you all, I still remain positive about that. I don't think I have to prove that to anybody."

The issue arose Sunday after reporters in Toronto asked Anthony about his no-trade clause because Charley Rosen, a confidant of Knicks president Phil Jackson, wrote a column about the Knicks that included several critiques of the 32-year-old Anthony, including the conclusion that "Carmelo Anthony has outlived his usefulness in New York."

Neither Jackson nor general manager Steve Mills addressed the situation with Anthony on Monday.

Anthony added that he didn't feel it was necessary to have a conversation with management about the topic.

"My clarity is playing ball right now and getting some wins. If they want to come talk to me, I'm around them guys every day," he said. "I don't want this to be kind of going back and forth between me and the front office, management, because it's really nothing, I responded to an article that I read. That was that. There's nothing between myself and management at this point."

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Lance Thomas Suffers Fractured Orbital Bone

Jan 16, 2017 6:41 PM

Lance Thomas suffered a fractured orbital bone and has concussion-like symptoms as a result of an inadvertent elbow from Jonas Valanciunas on Sunday.

Tests confirmed that Thomas suffered the fractured bone in his face and the concussion symptoms.

Thomas suffered a concussion last season and was placed in the NBA's concussion-protocol program. If he enters the program for his current concussion symptoms, Thomas will not be permitted to return to the court before being cleared by an independent doctor appointed by the league.

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Carmelo Anthony Would Like Direct Conversation If Knicks Want To Move Him

Jan 16, 2017 10:43 AM

Carmelo Anthony said he hasn't reconsidered waiving his no-trade clause with the New York Knicks.

"I've never even, haven't even thought about that," Anthony said in Toronto when asked about the no-trade clause amid fan and media speculation about the topic, according to reports. "Like you said, I guess there's people talking about it. I don't know, I haven't thought about it. It's not something that I've thought about so far."

Anthony was asked by reporters in Toronto about his no-trade clause because Charley Rosen, a confidant of Knicks president Phil Jackson, wrote a column about the Knicks that included several critiques of Anthony, including the conclusion that "Carmelo Anthony has outlived his usefulness in New York."

Anthony said that if the Knicks would like to trade Anthony, they should approach him about it directly.

"If that's the case, if that's where it's coming from, that side, I guess it's a conversation we should have,'' Anthony said. "If they feel my time in New York is over, I guess that's a conversation we should have."

Anthony appeared frustrated by the topic on Sunday. 

"Listen, if that's how they feel, if that's coming from that side, then that's what's coming from that side. I haven't thought once about that. I hear it, hear all the rhetoric going on out there. I still come to work every day, play and bust my ass, and try not worry about it.''

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Loss To 76ers Led To Locker Room Tirade From Carmelo Anthony

Jan 14, 2017 10:18 PM

Carmelo Anthony went on a tirade in the locker room after the New York Knicks' loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in which they blew a 10-point lead in the final 2:30.

Anthony was upset with the loss and also that he was frozen out on the Knicks' final possession, a sequence that ended with Kristaps Porzingis shooting an air ball from the corner. Anthony never touched the ball on the possession.

Afterwards, Anthony told reporters that the loss was "unacceptable" while one of Anthony's associates said "that was as down as I've ever seen him after a game."

Anthony has never considered requesting a trade from the Knicks, according to the source.

Anthony's relationship with Phil Jackson has never been great and it's much worse now. Jackson ignored Anthony's suggestion on interviewing Tom Thibodeau and he also criticized Anthony for stalling the offense.

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