Carmelo Anthony Says He Has No Plans to Leave KnicksTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS (BRIAN MAHONEY)
Toronto (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony said Saturday he has no plans to leave the New York Knicks and is angry about a report linking him to trade talks.
The Daily News of New York reported Friday that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics had discussed a deal involving Kevin Love and that there were "very preliminary discussions" with the Knicks about expanding it to include Anthony, who would end up with LeBron James in Cleveland.
But Anthony, who has to agree to any deal, told SiriusXM NBA Radio that he's "not going nowhere."
During his interviews after practice for the All-Star Game, Anthony added that he's had no conversations with the Knicks or anyone else about leaving the team.
"I don't know where it comes from so sometimes it gets to you as a player. Just get tired of hearing something all the time," Anthony said. "I'm not on the run. I could've ran somewhere when I was a free agent, you know what I'm saying? I came back for a reason. I came back because I wanted to do this."
Anthony was acquired by the Knicks five years ago and in July 2014 signed a five-year deal to stay with them. He was granted the right to veto any trade, which few players have, when he re-signed.
He bypassed the chance to join contenders such as Chicago or Houston, and prefers to chase a championship in New York even though the Knicks remain nowhere close.
"Doing it in New York is better than doing it any place in the world," Anthony said. "One in New York is better than multiple somewhere else, so that was the reason I wanted to come to New York. That's the reason why I'm in New York, so it just bothers me when I started hearing all these trade rumors and trade talks."
James wasn't concerned about the report.
"It's false. That's the way I look at it and see it," he said. "It's false. It's the last thing I was trying to worry about right now is trade talks."
Anthony found out about the report when a friend back home in Baltimore texted him while he was watching teammate Kristaps Porzingis play in the Rising Stars Challenge. Anthony said he simply put the phone back in his pocket.
Knicks President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson noted Anthony's no-trade clause last week when talking about the team's plans for Thursday's trade deadline. But with the Knicks' struggles and Anthony's high salary and continued knee pain at age 31, speculation about his future will continue.
"Eventually you get tired of hearing it," Anthony said.