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Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 at 10:25 am  |  64 responses

Carmelo Anthony Reportedly Wants a Trade from the Knicks


As the New York Knicks’ season slowly and painfully flushes itself down the drain, all hell appears to have broken loose. Mike D’Antoni has reportedly lost the team, some in the front-office seem to want Carmelo Anthony gone, and now there’s talk that ‘Melo himself is so frustrated with the state of affairs, that he’s possibly looking for a way out of Gotham. Wow. Per the NY Post: “Carmelo Anthony’s discontent with the Knicks organization became so severe after Monday night’s loss to the Bulls, he told a confidant he preferred to be traded before Thursday’s NBA deadline, The Post has learned. According to a person familiar with his thinking, Anthony’s disillusionment stems most from a belief coach Mike D’Antoni and interim GM Glen Grunwald do not trust him. He is surprised that after all the Knicks gave up to trade for him, he has not been asked for more input on personnel decisions, as Deron Williams has with the Nets. ‘The organization makes believe his opinions don’t matter,’ the source said. However, Tuesday night, a source said Anthony and D’Antoni spoke in an attempt to reconcile their differences and made headway. On Monday night, Anthony only wanted to remain a Knick if he had assurances D’Antoni wouldn’t be back next season. However, Anthony will not make a formal trade request. As The Post reported Tuesday, Anthony was told after the Knicks were swept out of the playoffs by the Celtics last April that D’Antoni would not return for this season. But now Anthony does not believe a decision on D’Antoni’s future is coming soon because D’Antoni and Grunwald, according to the source, are ‘like a couple.’”

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  • LA Huey

    They’re not trading him. Just floating this to gauge interest.

  • Jetfuel

    What a clown, ship his ass to The Wizards, perfect fit!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    Gotta say, Anthony and Howard are making even Lebron’s Decision look good. Didn’t know that was possible.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    The Bobcats could really use him.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    It was good, just a week ago…

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    all good*

  • http://pangit.ca Nik8ta

    Please grant his wish and trade the idiot. Over-paid. Overweight. Over-the-top self-assessment. Trade him!

  • Filip

    @Jetfuel u are a clown! stfu

  • FnF

    No friggin way… Be a man and honor your contract by playing to the best of your abilities. Melo-Chandler & Dwight-Hedo. Melo gets to run his own team and Dwight gets NY/Asia mass appeal.

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com NBA Head

    He’s gonna get LINched!

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    “According to a person familiar with his thinking” you have to love those type of sources

  • Groves

    Dwight, melo, D-will 2012/13?

  • ClydeTheGlide

    Dick McGuire would be rolling in his grave right now.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Petulance at its finest…

  • abaci

    If this is true then screw melo, what a child and a quitter. Isn’t being a confidant and a source an oxymoron?

  • Jetfuel

    What Filip, are you actually Javale`s mom

  • Jer Dawg

    Melo is driving teams nuts with his attitude. He is ballhog and an asshole. He’s Kobe but he’s worse quitter and cancerous attitude. Being too “street” and wanna be Hollywood in NYC is burying his image. I hope his M8 sneakers go on heavy discount. I hear they are good hoop kicks. $30 bucks only way I’ll cop.

  • RunNGun

    Make it happen, Walsh!

  • misso

    COME TO THE MAGIC

  • Bt

    The ego on this guy is unreal. Trade him to the bobcats or some other small market team. Better yet bench him for the next 3 years as a giant FU to melo.. That’ll teach him a lesson

  • dazzy

    Melo/Chandler Dwight/Hedo. Wtf is the hold up?

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    lawlllll.

  • eZ

    Ahahaha!!!!!
    anyway, melo and lin for D-Will.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    Unbelievable….

  • trueballer4life

    Knicks better TRADE him cause Melo does not fit on this team, when he was hurt they were won 8-1 when hes in the line up there 2-8 numbers dont lie..

  • http://dsjfkl.com Jukai

    Melo/Chandler for Dwight/Hedo. It’s gotta get done.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Yeah, the slap happy backpedaler is behaving like a child again.
    Colour me not surprised.

  • @boweezy24

    Melo/Bibby For Dwill/That Rookie With The Nets… haha Forgot His Name.

  • robb

    I can’t believe some people call him a superstar…

  • http://www.slamonline.com papaduck

    three team trade; Lakers give the Knicks Gasol for Melo, they get get a power forward from a third team and they give the third team the trade exception + a second round draft pick + another player from the knicks.

  • alex80

    HAHAHAHA, lol,lmfao, Nets anyone???

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Where’s this guys momma to beat his a$$?!

  • Drig

    papaduck……..HELL NO.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    Knicks fans and management should realize even b4 Melo, on average the Knicks were AT BEST a .500 team. You can get another coach at any point, but you can’t get another Melo. Say what you want about him, but he’s a big time player that doesn’t shy away from the moment. He almost beat the Celtics in a playoff game BY HIMSELF last year! Yall kill Lebron night after night for what he doesn’t have; that “clutch gene”. Melo’s got it! Keep Melo in NY. Send D’antoni packing. They lose because they can’t stop anyone! Lack of discipline starts at the top. Change the culture, not the pieces!

  • jayrose

    there better not be another melo trade drama

  • dazzy

    D’Antoni needs to go, but Melo doesn’t care a bit more about defense than his coach does. He’s also a ball stopper and a chemistry killer.

  • eyal

    anyone else looking back on ‘the decision’ and see it as a classy move now? it sure as hell starting to look that way.

  • http://www.gil1906.com Pve84

    The prior comment about Lebron Handling Free Agency better than any other major currently/pending free that came after him is the most interesting basketball related idea I’ve heard this year. It might be correct…but at the same time his example may have been the catalyst for all the pre-free agent mania.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Bottom line, D’Antoni is foolish for trying to shove a square peg into a round hole. D’Antoni forces his system onto the team he has, instead of the right system around what he has. The sooner he’s gone the better. He’s not coming back no matter what. If the Knicks were smart, they’d cash on on Lin while his stock is really still high. Fire D’Antonio. Package Lin with Amar’e to get Howard or Pau Gasol. Hire Phil Jackson to implement his triangle offense, which will play to Melo’s isolation strengths, which is a lot like Kobe’s. Dwight Howard would fit right in that triangle offense as well, playing a role similar to Shaq’s role during the Lakers 3-Peat. Dominant scorers inside and outside. Don’t need a great point guard in triangle offense, as you do for SSOL. In fact Phil likes his guards to be big and long…Shump fits that bill more than Lin. Sell high. Turn a guy you recently assigned to the D-League, into a tool to get Dwight Howard. Sell high, and package Lin and Amar’e and whatever else (even if it means Tyson and taking back Hedo) for Howard. Make it happen, Donnie. lol. Melo & Howard + Phil’s Triangle = Championships. Phil would stroke Melo’s ego and motivate him to play better. D’Antoni is sucking the life out of Melo. HIT THE BRICKS NO D ANTONI! I want the TRIANGLE BALL YES YES Y’ALL!

  • nathan

    melo is really quite a smelo

    send smelo away from our town, we dont need any more of that clown

    time to end this charade, and when he leaves lets have a parade

  • Mike

    Move some people and run the triangle with melo. The Knicks would own, I feel like a lot of knick fans didn’t pay much attention to melo when he was on the nuggets, dude balls hard. Coach is most the problem

  • LA Huey

    Pve84 makes an interesting point.

  • @whiteboyfresh3

    Couple of Blockbuster Deals that will make all teams involved better in the long run. Both trades work Salary Cap wise.

    New York Recieves: Dwight Howard
    Orlando Receives: Carmelo Anthony

    New York Recieves: Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams
    Atlanta Recieves: Amare Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert and Tony Douglas

    Why this makes sense for NY: They need to part ways with Melo. They have a good point guard in Lin and a good defensive big guy already in Chandler. By trading away Melo, they get back the best Center and defensive player in the NBA to put along side Chandler, who could then play PF (to form the best defensive frontcourt in the NBA) as Chandler is more of a face up post anyway when he’s not in transition. Melo is a ball stopper and while he is a franchise player, he plays halfcourt ball and the Knicks need to Run to get the best out of Lin and Chandler. The salaries match for both Anthony and Howard.
    Next, trading away Amare for Joe Johnson will give the Knicks a go to scorer who gets it done and is not a selfish player like Carmelo. The Knicks also get Marvin Williams, a long 3 man who can fill the void of Carmelo at the 3 spot. The Knicks would then Have a starting line up of
    1- Jeremy Lin
    2- Joe Johnson
    3- Marvin Williams
    4- Tyson Chandler
    5- Dwight Howard
    Bench: Landry Fields, JR Smith, Novak, Jefferies

    Why Atlanta does it:
    Marvin Williams wants to be traded and Joe Johnson has not been his moneys worth in Atlanta thus far. By trading for Stoudemire, ATL moves J-Smoove to SF giving them a front line of Horford, Stoudemire and Smith. This also gives them the luxury of being able to trade Smith for other pieces since they have Amare at PF. ATL also gets a backup guard in Douglas and a future stud in Shumpert.

    Why Orlando does it:
    They are not going to get any thing better than Carmelo Anthony (arguably a top 5 player) for Dwight Howard.

    I am not a Knicks fan but this is what I would want if I were. These moves would make the Knicks have a much better TEAM as the pieces would be much easier to fit together.

  • walt

    What a piece of garbage…he doesn’t get his way so he wants out. I am sure alot of Knicks fans would help pack his bags.

  • http://slamonline.com the kidd 7

    Yeah right he don’t wanna leave the media is lieing like always

  • Steve

    This is why I will not watch the NBA!!!!

  • Nobody

    When a team is better without a “superstar”, it’s because the player in question isn’t one.

  • Edwards

    Really Carmelo wants to be traded…that is awesome news. Considering that the Knicks play and played better without him. Carmelo has become more of a “Celebrity Athlete” one that gets endorsements and fills seats but does not win games or even more a title which requires the entire team effort. Its interesting how many of the “Celebrity Athletes” are able to take the attention off of there non playing, highly injured self and redirect toward a coach and management.

  • DaRedNeckKing

    NETS!! NETS!! NETS!!! NETS!!!! Please Carmelo, Please…

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    He has already came out today and called this rumors false. But don’t let the truth get in the way of a good rumor! Carry on.

  • Peace

    Well, let’s not jump to conclusions. Let us look at facts. The Knicks in 2011 were 2 games above .500 and were seeming to jell as a team with the young stars. They were first or second in the league in points per game. They had a PG that was have a great season, Amari was earning his 100 million plus dollars. They had young ballers making a name for themselves. Then along comes Melo. I know on paper people were saying “wow two top 5 scorers on the same team”, it was gonna be great. Melo’s game, is a game of isolation and sometimes over confident wild shots that never seem to fit in this system of D’antoni’s. D’antoni’s system is that of floor spacing and pick and rolls and fluid ball movement on fast breaks. The rest of the team gets it, it’s Melo who can’t adapt. Melo is a scorer and feels he must touch the ball every possession to matter. I mean Melo is arguably a better scorer than Fields, yet Fields thrived in the absence of Anthony and since Carmelo has been with the Knicks Landry’s play has gone down, so if Melo just learns to be a team player and know his role, the Knicks would be unstoppable; however, I don’t think he can and they never will. ~peace

  • http://slamonline.com the kidd 7

    Jeremy Lin is good intill he runs in to a top point guard besides d will and we all seen what happend the next time he seen lin.. what other point guard has he beat???

  • http://slamonline.com the kidd 7

    Top point guard that is. And the knicks are not gonna win ANYTHING with D’ antoni point blank period he couldn’t do it in PHX and he ain’t gonna do it in NYC

  • BoWeezy24

    I Agree With “PEACE”

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Carmelo is a petulant b*tch, but Knicks’ front office deserves the blame too — they traded away a huge chunk of their team to get him. That sent a message to Melo that it was all about HIM. It basically enabled him to play out his spoiled brat urges.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    ^ Get a clue. lol

  • Ian

    Send him to the Kings for Evans,Hickson or Thompson and francisco Garcia.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Mike Woodson now gets to showcase his skills as head coach of the Knicks. Let’s see what you got Wood.

  • Ben

    Denver is a better team without Melo and the Knicks were playing better before Melo came back…..hmmm.

  • DingoRob

    ‘According to a person familiar with his thinking’ are you serious this is the souurce? lol

  • TOMGUGLIOTA

    With all due respect, Denver was always a perennial western conference threat with Melo on the lineup…last years so called ‘improvement’ really fooled a lot of people into thinking that the Nuggets are better without Melo, the improvement was a result of lackluster play on the part of the team because of the trade uncertainty that then surrounded Melo.

    And for people resting their hopes on Lin, such hope is absurdity at its finest. As much as you can love the guy, teams have figured him out and his run was unsustainable at best.

  • http://www.christopherlondonblog.com Christopher London

    Carmelo Anthony and his wife Lala are all Hollywood. But last I checked they have not won anything. Carmelo is a caricature of a star that does not eye of the tiger or hunger of a Jordan, Kobe or Wade. Carmelo wanted to be in New York and for that alone, Dolan, the worst owner in the league dismantled his franchise to build around a non-franchise player. For all the talent that Carmelo has, he would be better if he had the heart of a Jeremy Lin or John Starks. The Knicks will never win a title with Carmelo.

  • Africa-Uganda

    First and foremost, Denver wouldn’t be where it is right now if it wasn’t for Carmelo.
    The focus here should be to make your star players as comfortable as possible, that is, for the coach, to build a system that enables them play with ease and freedom of expression especially Melo, who i’m sure all of you would agree has the hottest hand in NY.
    In this respect i regret to say coach D’Antoni has miserably failed to get this done.
    For one, Baron Davis should be made starting point guard. Let him get Melo and Stat into the game, and with chandler doing his thing defensively, trust me, we will be definitely be on our way to a championship. Must love Melo despite his shortcomings.

  • http://www.gtzghjdgj.de Stephane Hasberry

    Justin Timberlake and Holger Dick are the best.

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