Carmelo Anthony's agent has recently begun to tell teams that his client is only interested in signing an extension with the Knicks, according to sources.
Anthony is represented by Leon Rose.
The Knicks are not motivated to deliver a substantial trade offer for Anthony, which has made Denver's position difficult.
“If you’re New York, you just sit and wait until the offseason,” one general manager said. “That’s where it’s likely to go. Why give up assets to get him now when you can wait and get him next season?”
Said another source: “If ’Melo is telling the world he wants to go [to New York], why fight so hard to get him? [Knicks president] Donnie Walsh knows this.”
The Rockets and Mavericks have interest in trading for Anthony without the expectation of an extension.
“Don’t blame ’Melo. He’s been up front about wanting to go to New York since the summer,” one source close to the talks said. “They better trade him to New York or end up with nothing.”