Carmelo Anthony Refutes Report, Says He Doesn’t Want Trade From Knicks
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NEW YORK (WFAN) – Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony says he’s doesn’t want to go anywhere.
Nearly 13 months after being acquired from Denver, Anthony found himself thrust once again into the trade deadline spotlight Wednesday.
Anthony has denied a report from the New York Post which stated the 27-year-old was so unhappy after Monday’s loss to Chicago that “he told a confidant he preferred to be traded” before Thursday’s 3 p.m. cutoff.
He called the story “nonsense” after the team’s morning shootaround.
“No, no, no, no,” Anthony said. “Let’s nip this in the bud right now. No.”
“I don’t know where that came from. I’m tired of hearing it,” he added. “It came out this morning from I guess an anonymous source. I’m tired of anonymous sources. I don’t want to be traded. I don’t know where that foolishness came from, so let’s put a cap on that and make this the last time I hear about that.”
Anthony later took to Twitter to deny any interest in leaving New York.
“Alright, enough with all this trade talk,” he tweeted shortly after 1 p.m. “It’s making me sick to my stomach to hear that I wanna leave NY.”
Melo’s agent, Leon Rose, dismissed the report as “laughable” to the New York Daily News.
The All-Star’s relationship with Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni appeared to be at the center of the drama. A source told the Post that the two sides aired out their issues Tuesday and made some “headway.”
Anthony denied having an issue with D’Antoni, who he insisted has “100 percent” of his support.
“I’ve only been here a year,” he told reporters. “I don’t want to leave right now, so I’m here to stay.”
The atmosphere was electric at Madison Square Garden for a stretch this season, mostly without the All-Star. The Knicks went 6-1 — during the heart of Linsanity — with Anthony sidelined.
Since his return on Feb. 20, New York has lost eight of 10.
The Daily News’ Frank Isola wrote Tuesday that though one Knicks executive has been pushing for the team to trade Anthony, owner James Dolan isn’t about to deal his star forward.
“I’ve never ran from it,” said Anthony. “And I’m not about to pick today to start running from it.”
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