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Why Won’t Carmelo Anthony Let The Knicks Trade Him?

Submitted by on February 25, 2016 – 12:26 pmNo Comment
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The New York Knicks are, once again, falling—and falling quickly—in the standings. After a promising start to the 2015-16 NBA season, the Knicks have fallen out of playoff contention, and there’s a pretty good chance that they’re not going to make it to the postseason again this year. It’s not entirely unexpected, seeing as how they didn’t make many major improvements last summer. But with Carmelo Anthony getting older by the day, it’s still disappointing for Knicks fans to think about how far they continue to fall. They’re almost at a point where they need to step back and reevaluate whether or not it’s worth it for them to continue playing with Carmelo as their leader.

It doesn’t sound like Carmelo is going to leave New York willingly, though. He still has a few years left on his current contract, and all indications are that he’s going to play them out. Over the last two weeks, a handful of trade rumors have emerged, and Carmelo has downplayed them all. Most recently, a rumor about a deal between the Knicks and Boston Celtics came out, courtesy of ESPN New York, and according to the report, Carmelo was unwilling to waive his no-trade clause so that the Knicks could deal him. It’s left the Knicks in a tough situation, seeing as how they’re not good enough to contend for a title with Carmelo but also not bad enough with him to go into full rebuild mode.

It’ll be interesting to see how the team approaches this summer. On the one hand, they have to do whatever they can to convince another superstar to sign with them so that they’ve got a chance to, at the very least, make the playoffs next season. On the other, they may also have to try and tell Carmelo that leaving New York is the best option for him. It sounds like it could be difficult for them to do that, but if the Knicks aren’t going to be able to build a team around him, then why does he want to stay? It’s a question he’ll have to think long and hard about before recommitting to the team for next season.

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