TORONTO — Carmelo Anthony reiterated that he doesn’t plan to abandon ship. He wants to stay with the Knicks and has no intention of waiving his no-trade clause before Thursday’s trade deadline.
The usually mellow Melo seemed a bit perturbed by a report that said he could be included in a three-way deal that would send him to Cleveland and Kevin Love to Boston. Cavaliers superstar LeBron James called the rumor “false” and a league source said there is “nothing” to it and that the Knicks don’t have any plan to trade Anthony at this point.
Anthony dismissed it, but he said he’s “tired” of hearing his name linked to trade rumors and added that he remains committed to the Knicks amid all of their struggles.
“I don’t want to run,” Anthony said after Eastern Conference All-Star practice Saturday. “I could have ran somewhere when I was a free agent. I came back for a reason. I don’t feel like I got to keep expressing that part of why I came back to New York.
“I’m tired of these rumors, man. I’m tired of them.”
Anthony rejected free-agent offers from the Bulls, Rockets and Lakers in 2014 and re-signed with the Knicks for a near-maximum deal of five years and $124 million.
He said his hope is still to win a championship with the Knicks, but he also said he needs management to get him stars to help him get a ring.
“Doing it in New York is better than doing it any place in the world,” Anthony said. “One in New York is better than multiple somewhere else. That was the reason I wanted to come to New York. That’s the reason I’m in New York.
“It just bothers me when I start hearing all these trade rumors and trade talks. Nobody has talked to me. I don’t know where it comes from. Sometimes it gets to you. As a player, you get tired of hearing something all the time.”
Anthony said the Knicks have not approached him about waiving the no-trade clause and added that no one from the organization reached out to him about the report.
During an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio Saturday morning, he said, “I’m not going nowhere . . . I’m not even entertaining no trade talk right now.”
Anthony was asked after practice what kind of scenario it would take for him to consider waiving the clause. “I can’t answer that,” he said. “That’s hard to answer. I can, but I don’t think I will answer that question.”
Anthony is in his 13th NBA season and heading toward a third straight year of missing the playoffs. The Knicks are 23-32 and in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. He said Friday that if the Knicks don’t make the postseason, it won’t “sit well” with him and he might reconsider his future.
That could mean Anthony might be willing to leave in the right deal after the season, but he said “at this point, I’m not even thinking about that.”
Anthony suspected his words Friday might have led to the trade report. He also said Friday that he “dreams” of playing with another star and that players approach him all the time trying to recruit him.
Anthony said he tries to turn it around. “I say, why not come with me?” he said. “When I say playing with stars, that’s conversations everybody have. Guys that are in my circle have those conversations. On the Olympic team, guys have those conversations.
“Ninety percent of the time, it never happens. Once in a while it happens. The Miami thing came into fruition, but it took a lot. A lot of times those things don’t even happen. That’s just dreams and wishes and us as players we all think about, we all dream about.”