During his exit interview, Carmelo Anthony was asked if he'll remain with the New York Knicks next season.
“As of right now, I’ll be here,’’ Anthony said. “No conversation has taken place as far as me leaving or wanting to leave. I think everybody knows how I feel about being here. Nobody should question that. It’s just a matter of how we get better and move forward and take advantage of this window that I have. That’s the main question. How can we take advantage of this window and situation we have in front of us."
Anthony was also asked if he's ever envision leaving the Knicks for a winner.
“I think about it,’’ Anthony said when asked if he’s ever envisioned leaving New York for a winner. “The only thing I think about is winning more — whether it’s here or somewhere else. That’s the only thing I think about. I haven’t thought about putting myself on another team. My thought process is how can I win and make this situation better. What can we all do to make this situation better?’’
Phil Jackson said there was no talk of Anthony wanting out during the exit meeting or during their March dinner in Denver.
“The fact is he wants to stay here,’’ Jackson said. “He wants to communicate and he wants to stay here.”
Anthony owns a complete no-trade clause.
Anthony has given enough hints that he could ask for a trade if the Knicks are unsuccessful in free agency.
“I haven’t put a timetable on any of that,’’ Anthony said.
For the first time, Anthony publicly raised the question whether the regime is more focused on making the playoffs than winning a title.
“What’s successful for us,’’ Anthony said. “That’s the question you have to ask ourselves as a whole organization. Not just winning another 15 games like we did this year and playing for the eighth seed. Is that success? Or is being a top seed in the Eastern Conference, a top team in the NBA? Winning a championship is always the ultimate success. We have to put things in perspective. What’s success mean to this organization? A championship for me is always the ultimate success — not us slotting in and barely getting into the eighth seed. That’s not success for me. Having prominence in the postseson. That’s success.’’