With his Knicks reeling at a disappointing 21-28 this season, superstar Carmelo Anthony has once again found himself in the center of trade rumors. The Cavaliers and Clippers had already been thrown out there, and on Monday his name was linked to the Celtics by the Boston Globe.
Anthony responded to those rumors on Tuesday morning at the Verizon Center as the Knicks participated in shootaround ahead of their matchup with the Wizards (6:30 p.m. on CSN). He laughed off the latest report and said it is just all part of the deal.
"I'm gonna have the same answer. No answer. I don't really know what to say about that and how to say it. It's not something I'm thinking about," he said.
"I hear the new report every day. Every day it's a new team. Every day it's 'Melo said this, Melo said that.' But Melo hasn't said anything yet. That's what I will say. Melo hasn't said anything."
Anthony would have to waive his no-trade clause to allow any trade and The Globe report asserts that he would do so to join the Celtics. Anthony reiterated on Tuesday that he would allow a trade if the Knicks decided to hit the reset button.
"That's something I would have to think about. I think it's more so about the direction the organization wants to go," he said. "Like I've said before, if they want to go into a different direction and kind of rebuild and start fresh, then that's something I would consider. I've always said that since Day 1."
Anthony said he has not been having consistent conversations with the Knicks front office and that part of his decision would involve his wife and son, who are both comfortable living in New York. But the chance to join a winning team and one with one of his friends around the league, like LeBron James for instance, would be enticing.
"I've got some close friends on a lot of different teams," he said. "Those considerations are what we always think about as athletes. We always talk about from high school and college. These our conversations that we had years before any of this ever came up."
Anthony, 32, is averaging 23.1 points and 6.1 rebounds this season for the Knicks in his 15th year in the NBA.