Despite winning back-to-back games, Carmelo Anthony is not having fun playing basketball for the 5-13 Knicks and may no longer stand so fervently by his early comments about retiring as a Knick. But according to ESPN.com, regardless of Melo’s intentions in free agency next summer, the Knicks have no intentions of trading their star by the trade deadline:
If the Knicks do not turn around their season when Tyson Chandler returns from injury, you can expect the Anthony issue to become a monster heading toward the February trade deadline. Because if Anthony doesn’t think the Knicks are best for him over the next five years, he will make it an issue and possibly force a trade again if he thinks that would be best for him.
The Knicks, sources say, have zero intention of trading Anthony no matter what he says about next summer. Not only did owner Jim Dolan personally seal the deal to bring Anthony to New York, but the front office realizes it has one of the most talented players in the league and won’t be able to get fair value in return.
Dolan’s Knicks have never made rebuilding trades, and they’re sure as heck not going to start with the biggest star they’ve had since Patrick Ewing.