Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony told ESPN's Scott Van Pelt on SportsCenter he has had "great dialogue" with new GM Scott Perry and alluded that the franchise understands his displeasure with the team.
"Conversations have been had," said Anthony, who reportedly wants to be traded to the Houston Rockets. "There's been plenty of conversations that have been had on both sides. I think we both know where we stand as far as myself, as far as the Knicks organization. They know how I feel. I know how they feel. We have been in communication."
Anthony said on Wednesday that this offseason has been an "emotional rollercoaster," as he has reportedly expressed his desire to be traded from New York. While the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder were reportedly teams to which Anthony wanted to be traded, he now reportedly only wishes to join Chris Paul and James Harden in Houston.
The 33-year-old forward did not comment on that report Wednesday or Thursday, but told Van Pelt, "At this point, I want to see what happens. I just want to enjoy my offseason despite everything that's surrounding me."
Anthony called the dismissal of former team president Phil Jackson, who mishandled the situation with Anthony and repeatedly wanted to trade him, a "business" decision and said he has spoken with Perry during the offseason.
"He understands my mindset, where I'm at," Anthony said. "My career right now, what I'm looking for. Things were put on the table. It was great dialogue, great conversations from both sides. Respectful from both sides."
Anthony, who averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in 74 games with the Knicks last season, has two years and approximately $54 million remaining on his five-year max deal. He is eligible to be a free agent in July 2019.
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Anthony would not give away much about his current situation in the interview. He did kind of hint his intentions though when he mentioned they discussed where Anthony is at this point in his career and what he wants. That means he wants to be with a winner and contend for a championship. A rebuilding Knicks team is not where he wants to play in the final two years of his contract.
Anthony has every right to enjoy his offseason as he should. The issue is the clock is starting to tick until NBA training kicks off in mid-to-late-September. I'm sure the discussions went something like: "Hey Scott, I want to play in Houston. I would waive my no trade clause and the trade kicker to go there." 'Well, Melo, we will definitely try our best to accommodate you, but no guarantees." Again, it comes down to the right deal working out, and clearly, there isn't one.
Any tension between both sides looks to be long with Jackson out, which is nice to see. The Knicks will continue to see if there is a trade out there, but it is looking more and more likely as the time passes that Anthony will enter training camp next month still with the Knicks. With a new young point guard, an improved Tim Hardaway Jr. from last time he was here, and Kristaps Porzingis, there are worse possibilities out there for Anthony.