Carmelo Anthony expressed doubt about his future with the Knicks following practice Friday.
Anthony, the All-Star forward who has a full no-trade clause in his contract, was asked by reporters whether he could guarantee his presence on the team next season.
“S---, I don’t know,’’ Anthony said, according to the New York Post. “Honestly … it’s hard to answer those type of questions when you don’t know what’s going to happen. We still have a month left to the season. To be thinking, ‘Am I going to be on this team next (season)?’ That’s for you to speculate.”
Anthony and Knicks president Phil Jackson recently met in Denver for dinner and discussed the direction of the franchise. “It’s on the front office,” he said, “to do their jobs for what they see fit for the team.”
In a recent interview with Yahoo Sports, Anthony also weighed in on the subject.
Q: How much power do you have with [your] no-trade clause?
Anthony: “I guess I have all the power. If I really wanted to get out of this situation I could have waived that no-trade clause. But I’ve stuck with it and I’m still sticking with it. I don’t know, maybe my loyalty has come back to bite me in the ass. As of right now, I am sticking to it.”
The Knicks will be under pressure in free agency, without a first-round pick in this year’s draft and having missed the playoffs in three consecutive seasons. Anthony turns 32 in May. A recent ESPN report indicated he may explore his options on the trade market if New York is unable to upgrade its team.