New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony addressed the idea that team president Phil Jackson might not want him on the Knicks anymore by saying "that's a conversation we should have," according to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola.
Anthony spoke of that rumor after Sunday's 116-101 loss to the Toronto Raptors, but also reiterated his desire to continue to play in New York and his unwillingness to waive his no-trade clause.
"If they feel like my time in New York is over I guess that's a conversation we should have," said Anthony, who is in the third year of a five-year, $124 million contract.
Despite the Knicks having lost 10 of their last 12 games and dropping to five games under .500, Anthony said he has not thought about waiving his no-trade clause, saying he drowns out he outside rumors by focusing on the game.
"Listen," Anthony said, "if that's what they feel ... if that's what's coming from that side, that's what's coming from that side. I haven't thought once about that to be honest with you. I hear it. I hear all the rhetoric that's going on out there and I still come to work every day and play and bust my ass and try not to worry about it."
Jackson has not commented publicly about the Knicks since he and Jeanie Buss announced their breakup in December, however former Jackson associate Charley Rosen published an article on FanRag Sports that that suggested Anthony, 32, is nearing the end of his Knicks tenure.
"The only sure thing," Rosen wrote, "is that Carmelo Anthony has outlived his usefulness in New York."