Carmelo Anthony said he has spoken with the New York Knicks and the team is well aware of “what I’m looking for” and “how I feel.”
As detailed in the New York Post, Anthony was speaking on ESPN SportsCenter.
““There’ve been plenty of conversations that have been had on both sides,” said the Knicks star forward. “I think we both know where we stand as far as myself, as far as the Knicks organization. They know how I feel. I know how they feel. We have been in communication. At this point, I want to see what happens. I just want to enjoy my offseason despite everything that’s surrounding me.’’
Anthony admitted he lost some of his enjoyment of the game during Phil Jackson’s run as team president, which ended in June.
While he has said nothing publicly, it has been reported that Anthony is angling for a trade to the Houston Rockets. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said Wednesday that Anthony also remains open to joining the Cleveland Cavaliers, either via trade or a buyout from the Knicks.
“It’s all about at this point winning a championship and having fun playing the game of basketball again and keeping that motivation and passion,’’ Anthony said on ESPN. “At the end of the day, if you’re not enjoying the game, everything else is 10 times worse. I’ve never lost my passion or motivation for it. I’ve lost my joy for it a little bit because of everything that’s surrounded me but I’m starting to find my happiness now and joy for the game.’’
Anthony, 33, averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in 74 games with the Knicks last season. He has a no-trade clause in his contract.
Former Orlando Magic and Sacramento Kings executive Scott Perry has been hired as the team’s new general manager, working under team president Steve Mills.