Friday, December 12, 2014

Carmelo Anthony will consider waiving no-trade clause: Report

Just when you thought it couldn't get any darker for the Knicks — with that worst start in franchise history and all — Carmelo Anthony says he'd be willing to take his game out of New York.

Just five months after all the hoopla surrounding the All-Star's free-agency and finally signing a five-year, $124 million contract with the Knicks, the N.Y. Post is reporting that Anthony would be open to dropping his no-trade clause if team president Phil Jackson strikes a deal with a team the high-scoring forward would like to play for.

Part of Anthony’s deal included the rarely used no-trade provision.

Anthony claims he has no desire to be traded, but his willingness to consider giving up the no-trade clause shows how frustrated he has become with what looks like a long season for the Knicks.

"He thought things would be better than this, but he still wants to stick it out for now," a source told The Post. "He trusts Phil, but I think he’s afraid of Phil."

The Knicks have lost 10 straight games — two shy of a team-record — and at 4-20 have the most losses in the NBA.

Combine Melo's failure to adjust to coach Derek Fisher's triangle offense and Wednesday's on-court scuffle with teammate Tim Hardaway and you know things at Madison Square Garden are falling off the rails.

Anthony, who is currently nursing a sore knee, can be traded beginning Monday — the unofficial start of trade season when all free agents and draft picks signed over the summer can be moved.

Knicks fans might suggest a few choice words for Carmelo's branding expert to label his client — including quitter.

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