NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It sure sounds like there’s a good chance Carmelo Anthony won’t be coming back to the New York Knicks next season.
Anthony, who previously announced his intentions to opt out of his contract, hasn’t been shy about his frustrations as the Knicks sit dead last in the Atlantic Division at 9-21.
Now unnamed people close to the star forward are speaking out — and it doesn’t look good for a Melo return.
“I think he’s leaving,” an anonymous former teammate of Anthony’s told the New York Daily News.
“I’ve played with Melo for a long time and he knows he can’t win here,” he added. “At this stage, all he wants to do is win. That’s why he’ll leave.”
Meanwhile, in the New York Post, a source hinted that the reigning scoring champion may have been affected by the treatment fans gave much-maligned former Knick Stephon Marbury — a Brooklyn kid, like Anthony — on Christmas Day at Madison Square Garden.
“He saw Marbury get heckled by some fans on Christmas,” the unnamed person told the Post. “He doesn’t want to be the next Marbury. He’s very sensitive.”
Anthony showed that sensitivity on Twitter this week when he responded to a detractor with the tweet, “I didn’t ask for your glazed donut face a– to root for me anyway!!!”
Anthony is probable to return from a sprained ankle Thursday night against San Antonio. He’s averaging 26.3 points and 8.8 rebounds.
Only the Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks (7-24) have less than 10 wins.
“This is not how we envisioned it coming into this season, but it is what it is at this point,” Anthony said Monday. “We can’t be crying about it. We gotta find a solution to it.”
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