New York Knicks president Steve Mills omitted forward Carmelo Anthony when talking about the franchise's new vision in a blog post.
In a post titled "A New Day For The Knicks -- The Journey Begins," Mills said the team plans to build around young players Kristaps Porzingis, Willy Hernangomez, first-round pick Frank Ntilikina and the recently-signed Tim Hardaway Jr., but made no mention of Anthony, who has requested a trade to the Rockets despite having two years and $54 million remaining on his contract.
"[Ntilikina], Porzingis and Hardaway, along with Hernangómez and Ron Baker will exemplify a new defensive mindset that puts a premium on making stops," Mills wrote. "Only from there can a productive offense flow. We will emphasize ball movement, body movement, spacing and screening, while understanding that these changes will be a work in progress. We may not be there at first, but that's the brand of ball our players will aspire to fulfill.
"These players, still young, intent on enhancing their games, engaged in a common objective, are already altering the atmosphere surrounding the club."
Anthony, who was left out of the team's season-ticket plan, has a no-trade clause but has expressed his desire to join James Harden and Chris Paul in Houston throughout the offseason, even after the team fired former president Phil Jackson.
The 33-year-old forward said earlier this month he has had "great dialogue" with new Knicks GM Scott Perry and said this offseason has been an "emotional rollercoaster" for him.
Anthony, who has been a Knick since 2011, averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 74 games last year. In 6 1/2 seasons as a Knick, Anthony has averaged 24.7 points, seven rebounds and 3.2 assists.
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This makes complete sense on the part of Steve Mills. He's talking about the youth on the Knicks and their future. Even if they can't trade Carmelo Anthony before the season, there's almost a 100 percent chance they deal him during the season or after this season. Anthony isn't a part of the future of the franchise, therefore putting him in the post wouldn't make sense.
With his trade demands, Anthony has made it clear that he doesn't want to be a part of the Knicks' vision. Also, ball movement isn't exactly Anthony's forte, but that is besides the point. The Knicks will move in another direction from their star forward at some point. They are just waiting for the right deal to come along. Having Anthony play for them for a few months will let his trade value increase and let Mills and Scott Perry get a better package in return instead of getting pennies on the dollar.
What the Knicks have going for them right now is youth. The young players that Mills mentioned are all hungry and all want to be here. Anthony does not. He's at a point of his career where he wants to chase a title, not chase an eighth seed in the East. And the key for the Knicks is getting a return for Anthony that will help that vision that Mills talked about remain intact.