No one knows exactly what's going on in New York right now. Instead of searching for a head coach, team president Phil Jackson is vacationing in the middle of nowhere as great coaches like Scott Brooks, Tom Thibodeau, and Dave Joerger have already secured jobs with new teams.
Despite all the negativity that has surrounded the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony, the star forward says he's planning to be in a Knicks' uniform next season regardless of what happens this offseason.
Ian Begley of ESPN reported on Melo's statement.
This isn't exactly groundbreaking, but Carmelo Anthony says he'll be playing for the Knicks next year: https://t.co/RUFJT4kWWB
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) May 11, 2016
“Carmelo Anthony was asked by Yahoo! Finance if he'll be playing in New York next season. ‘Oh yeah, you'll see me (playing) for the Knicks, absolutely,' he said Wednesday at the TechCrunch Disrupt Summit.”
Anthony is looking focused on remaining a New York Knick, and has reportedly endorsed the idea of the Knicks having David Blatt as their new head coach, despite the stories that his best friend LeBron James never got along with the coach.
Melo can't be traded without his own consent, which is the result of the no-trade clause in his contract, which has three years remaining starting this upcoming 2016-17 season.
Although he's planning to stay a Knick, reports from CBS Sports radio are stating that Melo, who likes interim head coach Kurt Rambis as a person, does not think he's the coach that can take them to the next level. If Rambis does indeed take the helm, many are expecting Melo to request a trade with a one-way ticket out of New York.
If they hire Rambis, I think that is telling Melo they don’t want him. I don’t know where he goes, but I think that is the belief…the truth is Melo likes Rambis. I know that for a fact. He thinks he’s a good guy, but he doesn’t think he’s the coach they need to go further than they are right now. He’s not a good coach. He couldn’t coach a lick. The players used to mock him. He’s a joke. If they hire Kurt Rambis, I’m sure Melo is going to demand to be traded or not demand, work it out, where do you want to go.
Anthony led the Knicks this season with 21.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists ,and one steal per game, but couldn't help them secure a playoff spot for the second consecutive season. They'll look to change their losing ways next season in an Eastern Conference that has shaped up to be “The Cavs, and the rest of the inferior teams in the East.”