With Carmelo Anthony not yet a real trade candidate, and still months from free agency, we’re not likely to have daily rumor posts about him anytime soon. However, both the New York Post and the New York Daily News have intriguing updates on the Knicks star today, so we’ll round up the highlights from the two pieces below:
- Seeing Stephon Marbury get heckled on Christmas Day during his first visit to Madison Square Garden in three years may stick with Carmelo, a source tells Marc Berman of the New York Post. “He doesn’t want to be the next Marbury. He’s very sensitive,” the source said, referring to the fact that the former Knicks guard is viewed as the poster boy of a losing era for the team.
- Anthony not only wants to play for a winner, but also “desperately” wants to continue playing in a big market, according to Berman, who says that in addition to New York, Los Angeles (both teams) and even Chicago are on Carmelo’s short list. Berman adds that the Bulls would intrigue Anthony in part because he has a lot of respect for coach Tom Thibodeau. Still, the Knicks remain Carmelo’s top choice, assuming he sees that the club has a solid plan for the future in place, writes Berman.
- A source who has played with Anthony spoke to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, expressing a belief that his former teammate will sign elsewhere in free agency. “I think he’s leaving,” said Carmelo’s unnamed ex-teammate. “I’ve played with Melo for a long time and he knows he can’t win [in New York]. At this stage, all he wants to do is win. That’s why he’ll leave.”
- According to Isola, those comments echo the thoughts of “several people close to Anthony who believe he’s ready to leave.”