J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert believe that Carmelo Anthony wants to stay in New York
On the eve the 2017 NBA Finals, a couple of his former Knicks teammates in Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith touched upon the topic, both voicing that Anthony has a strong desire to remain in New York, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
“Sometimes you feel like it’s just unfinished business, and I feel like that’s what it is with Melo,” said Cavs guard Iman Shumpert. “He don’t want to leave on that note.”
“He does want to stay in New York. He made the effort to get to New York,” Smith said. “Granted, it hasn’t gone as well as he hoped it would. But I’m sure that’s where he wants to be.”
Although the pair of veteran guards have experienced a tremendous amount of success since being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, they still share a strong enough personal connection with Anthony to provide some further understanding on his thinking during this process.
Things have progressively fallen off the rails this year after the Knicks failed to make the playoffs for the fourth straight season. It has come to the point where team president Phil Jackson has publicly stated more than once that Anthony should play elsewhere.
The 33-year-old still has two years remaining on his five-year, $124 million deal with a player option worth $27.9 million for the 2018-19 season. Anthony may desire to remain in New York at least through the end of the deal but that now appears to be up in the air.