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Carmelo Anthony dismayed over trade developments, worried about his image

The Carmelo Anthony trade saga has appeared to hit yet another snag.

After a deal was reportedly at “the two-yard line” for Anthony to be sent to the Houston Rockets, the Knicks have now decided to pull their star forward off the trading block — at least for now.

According to reports, the Knicks want to sit down with Anthony and ask if he’s willing to stick it out in New York. However, the belief is New York wants to try and prod Melo into waiving his no-trade clause for a team that’s not the Rockets or Cavaliers.

Either way, Anthony is apparently fuming that the Knicks have changed their mind on a Rockets trade.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports:

Anthony is concerned about his public image and doesn’t want a messy divorce from the Knicks. He is said to be dismayed over the events of the past 24 hours.

It’s tough to blame Anthony for his frustration, especially after a tumultuous year in which he dealt with constant jabs from former president Phil Jackson. But at the same time, Anthony is under contract, and if the Knicks don’t want to trade Melo for spare parts, so be it. With a new GM in Scott Perry now in the fold, perhaps the Knicks could find a better deal for their star without forcing the issue.

Regardless, things are appearing to get even more awkward between Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks.