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Prior to the season, there were already whispers Carmelo Anthony would be a target of the Los Angeles Lakers when the All-Star forward hits free agency at season's end.

After a 5-15 start, the whispers are getting louder.

On ESPN New York 98.7 FM radio earlier this week, Stephen A. Smith said Anthony is going to flea New York City as long as the Knicks remain on this losing path.

"More than anything else I've heard ... Carmelo Anthony is gone," Smith said. "Ain't no way in h**l he's staying here (in New York). I'm hearing he's out. Unless the money disappears elsewhere -- because he definitely wants to get paid -- he's not trying to stay here for this."

Smith added a caveat: the Knicks' front office could make a move to turn things around, whether it's a major win streak or replacing coach Mike Woodson.


Asked about Smith's comments, Anthony told Newsday that he has not made up his mind about his future in New York just yet.

The reality is Anthony is going to deny any rumors about wanting to get out of New York or his next possible team. Could you imagine if LeBron James said he was considering moving to South Beach to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh midway through his final year with Cleveland?

There's no glaring riff between Anthony and Woodson, at least not one that has made any headlines. But obviously a 5-15 start and a pair of lopsided losses at the hands of the Celtics and Cavaliers can't be too good for the Knicks' chances of retaining Anthony. The Knicks should be an Eastern Conference contender, and while they were projected to take a step back from the No. 2 seed this year, nobody could have seen such a drastic decline.

Tags: Knicks , Sam Spiegelman
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