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Carmelo is one of the best players of his era, but at the age of 32 he hasn’t had serious team success in the NBA and his window to compete for, let alone win an NBA Championship is closing each season.
The Knicks are sitting at 28-41, which is good for a dreadful 13th place in the East. They are still seven games out of a playoff spot and their season is looking like it’s coming to an end. Melo knows this is a big offseason coming up for him and the Knicks and he is hoping that the team makes some big moves by bringing him some help.
Two years ago Melo had contenders trying to sign him but he chose the Knicks and their max contract. He also has a no-trade clause that he has not waived to this day, but he admits that being overly loyal may have caught up to him. Via Yahoo Sports:
Q: Why do you still have hope it can work in New York?
Anthony: “I got hope in myself. I do have to believe in the process. I don’t want to say this was all part of the plan coming back [to New York]. This is a big, big summer.”
Q: Is there anything (Phil) Jackson has said that gives you confidence in the future?
Anthony: “We had a great conversation [recently]. It was just one conversation. At this point, it’s more show me rather than tell me. That’s where I am at.”
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.”