Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 at 10:10 am  |  27 responses

Carmelo Anthony Not Ready to Consider Long-Term Future With Knicks

With what he considers “a huge season” ahead, Carmelo Anthony says he’s not prepared to think about his long-term future with the New York Knicks quite yet. But Melo is very happy with the team’s moves this summer. Per ESPN: “I’ve been staying under the radar,’ Anthony said while in Las Vegas coaching his Team Melo summer program. ‘I let them do what they do. We got [Metta World Peace], and I think [Andrea] Bargnani was really a steal for us. He’ll help us spread the floor. We got J.R. [Smith] back and we kept the core guys together.’ The Knicks were 54-28 last season and advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals — where they lost to the Indiana Pacers. Anthony has two more years on his current contract, but can opt out and become a free agent after this season. ‘It’s a big year,’ said Anthony, who recently returned from a Jordan Brand trip to China with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. ‘A huge upcoming season for me, as a team and as an organization.’ [...] ‘We’ll see whether we have enough,’ Anthony said. ‘We haven’t even stepped on the court yet. It’s special what [Brooklyn] did,’ he added. ‘J-Kidd will have four or five future Hall of Famers. I played with him for a year and also with USA Basketball and I know his mentality. He knows the game. It won’t be hard for him to deal with those guys because he’ll put them in position and only have to tell them things one time.’ Anthony recently turned 29. He won a national championship with Syracuse in 2003, has been an NBA All-Star on six occasions and won the scoring title this past year. However, he’s never won an NBA title. Will this season determine whether he remains in New York long-term? ‘I can’t do that,’ Anthony said. ‘It’s too tough right now.’”

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  • DaBiz

    He’s already gone.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Please God not another saga of the “Melodrama”

  • LP @ThisisEther

    …and its crazy because he wanted so badly to be in NY, his birthplace……..they’ll trade him on his 31st birthday..

  • spit hot fiyah

    make it happen morey!

  • Sin City

    Which wasn’t nowhere close to Dwightmare. If the Knicks aren’t looking to rebuild, which is looking very hard with that cap space, of course he’s not thinking of the long term commitment. What helps NY tremendously is that they could offer the most money.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    lol, that’s what I said after reading “It’s too tough right now.”

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Yeah the Dwightmare and Melodrama make The Decision look like a profound 60 Minutes interview.

  • ChosenOne

    He’s clearly getting frustrated, and he is leaving next summer no question. Lakers will most likely sign him in free agency.
    However, a lot depends on this coming season and his production. He has to stay consistent and play stronger D. He could learn from Metta/Shumpert in that regard. Offensively, he is well equipped with his strong inside and outside game, but the Knicks as a whole need to perform to get interest from other teams for his services come next year.
    Sidenote – Knicks should start Prigioni at the point ahead of Felton. Trust me on this Knicks nation.

  • RayJr

    Ok so looks like the Lakers first half of the “LeMelo Plan”(yeah I’m coining that) might work out.

  • http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjIeIA3G2s5UPQfRPYFyFDw Hart26

    As you can tell, Prigioni is my favorite player on the Knicks, and I wouldn’t have an issue with him starting, said he would at training camp of last season.

    Anyway, Carmelo Anthony is not running away from the money NY can offer him, not to mention how much media scrutiny he would get if he left New York. Forced his way to NY, made NY give up all their assets just because Mr. Anthony couldn’t wait till Free Agency. He complains about not having help, yet he’s the reason he has none, made NY trade the help away. (Even though, 6th man of the year is pretty good help) So, yea, I don’t see Anthony leaving NY.

  • i_ball

    It’s just a blessing that Melo and Dwight are not free agents in the same season

  • justaref

    True, but he’s from Baltimore really. Plus, at least 85% of the reason he went to NY is because LaLa needed to be there for tv purposes. Same reason JKidd stayed with the Nets instead of going to San Antonio back around 2004. From the outside looking in I know it sounds wack as hell, but most of these dudes are ridiculously soft when it comes to women.

  • JM

    Melo is not going anywhere. All he cares about is the $$$. This is the same guy who forced the Knicks to trade for him rather than wait for free agency because he wanted the maximum money possible. He’s not taking a discount to play anywhere

  • bike

    Carmelo awoke suddenly in the middle of the night, gazed fondly at his lovely wife sleeping next to him, and realized LaLa’s name was ‘LA LA’.

  • ChosenOne

    …and still reeling from that bitter taste of honey-nut cheerio off his tongue.


    Happy Wife = Happy Life

  • RunNGun

    Lakers… make it happen, Mitch.

  • danpowers

    i wanted to upvote that, but… my girl didnt let me :(

  • justaref

    It’s OK, I’m a grown man, I could care less about an “upvote”. Sigh. Upvote. Really?

  • Kiri Samuel

    never gonna happen

  • Clos1881

    Why leave the Knicks for a worse situation with lakers? Smh lakers fans.

  • bringbackthesonics

    very true, i would end up gouging my eyes out if that ever happened

  • Evan Boland

    Abbott: The Nets made the big trade, and it’ll make them a little
    better for a little while, but it also virtually guarantees they won’t
    win a title any time soon. Isiah Thomas’ Knicks wrote the book on this:
    Once your roster is full of overpaid dudes, the CBA is effective in
    making sure you can’t get better. I love that they went all-in,
    moneywise, but hate that they did so for the East’s third-best roster.

    ON the WORST trade of the off-season. Rly? I think the Nets are capable of winning a title this season.

  • danpowers

    didnt get the joke?

  • RunNGuN

    Knicks fans… Lakers fans… you’re on to something; on the cusp of understanding why those fans are not very well liked and can’t think logically beyond the homer-isms.

  • Clos1881

    The Knicks wouldn’t have been able to sign him out right without the trade.

  • Clos1881

    Yeah for some reason both fan bases thinks everyone wants to play in those cities and then you end up with guys who party to much and get rejected by pop stars or guys who can’t function for a team outside of La due to his reality show lol