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Carmelo Anthony: ‘Hell no’ I’m not requesting a trade from Knicks

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2015 - Backstage

Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards 2015 - Backstage

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Carmelo Anthony trade talk has popped up multiple times this season, but the Knicks star is doing his best to shoot it down.

Ian Begley of ESPN:

Carmelo Anthony hasn’t thought about asking for a trade out of New York if things don’t go well for the Knicks this season.

“No, hell no,” Anthony said after Knicks practice on Monday. “I haven’t even - for me to get to that point and decide this is not what it’s going to be, I already came this far. That don’t even come across my mind at this point.”

This is really simple. Anthony, who has a no-trade clause and trade kicker, has huge financial incentive to get traded after this season.

So, he’ll ride out this season and then reevaluate. If the Knicks remain far from being a playoff threat, maybe he’ll request a trade next year. It’s just not worth getting traded now.

Anthony might be genuinely committed to the Knicks. Or he might realize his contract terms dictate he wait a year to express his dissatisfaction. Either way, it’d look the same, and that’s what we’re getting: Anthony saying the right things and trying to make the best of the situation.