The future of superstar forward Carmelo Anthony with the New York Knicks continues to be uncertain.
In an article posted by the New York Post, Anthony said that conversations with the Knicks have been “great conversations’’ and that “they know how I feel’’ and “what I’m looking for.’’
During a conversation on ESPN’s SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt, Anthony maintained that his priority is “winning a championship’’ and he aimed at regaining the “joy” for the game that he said waned during the tenure of former Knicks president Phil Jackson.
“Conversations have been had,’’ Anthony told Van Pelt.
“There’ve been plenty of conversations that have been had on both sides. I think we both know where we stand as far as myself, as far as the Knicks organization. They know how I feel. I know how they feel. We have been in communication. At this point, I want to see what happens. I just want to enjoy my offseason despite everything that’s surrounding me.’’
“I’m always optimistic. I’m very optimistic. I’ve had great conversations with new GM Scott Perry. He understands my mindset, where I’m at. My career right now, what I’m looking for. Things were put on the table. It was great dialogue, great conversations from both sides. Respectful from both sides.’’
While it is no secret that Anthony wants to play for the Houston Rockets, the Knicks have asked him to expand his list as other teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers and the Oklahoma City Thunder are interested in acquiring the veteran forward.
“For me, it’s all about at this point winning a championship and having fun playing the game of basketball again and keeping that motivation and passion,’’ Anthony said.
“Having fun and enjoying the game. At the end of the day, if you’re not enjoying the game, everything else is 10 times worse. I’ve never lost my passion or motivation for it. I’ve lost my joy for it a little bit because of everything that’s surrounded me but I’m starting to find my happiness now and joy for the game.’’
Anthony says his preference is to not be a part of a rebuild and admits that he has found “peace” with Jackson out of the picture.
“I had to take time to myself and become knowledgeable in understanding what’s going on with my surroundings and put that in perspective. That’s where I’m at right now. I’m going on with my days, in the gym, the lab working, doing my charity work, community work, I’m just trying to enjoy my offseason, even though it’s been a roller coaster for me.
I’m trying to enjoy this time right now.”
Cavs’ Rodney Hood Hoping for Long-Term Deal
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Rodney Hood is hoping that he can work out a long-term deal with the team after formally accepting his one-year $3.4M qualifying offer from the Cavaliers earlier this month.
“I believe strongly in myself that after this year, I’ll be able to make Cleveland my home and we’ll get a better deal next summer,” Hood said, according to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.
“Just because he signed the qualifying offer, he’s not on the first train out of here,” Hood’s agent Travis King said. “He plans to stay in Cleveland.”
Hood didn’t mesh with the Cavs roster last year after coming over in a trade with the Utah Jazz, and he was seeking $10-$12 million annually on the free agent market, which didn’t materialize for him.
“At first I kind of felt bad for myself, but then it was like I don’t want to feel this feeling again, sitting on the bench, or playing 8-10 minutes a game,” Hood said. “I want to be a big part of a really good team, so that was my focus this whole summer.”
“My twins were born here,” Hood said. “I like the community, even though I haven’t been out there a lot. I want to make this a home. It’s just didn’t happen this summer. That’s how I look at it.”
Cavs’ David Griffin Says Rodney Hood Will Surprise Fans
The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to build a new foundation after the free agent departure of LeBron James, who signed with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this summer, and general manager David Griffin believes that one player in particular will surprise fans.
Griffin believes that Rodney Hood has a lot of potential and can establish himself as a core part of the Cavs roster.
“Cavs fans are going to see the best of Rodney Hood, because he’s capable of being what they need him to be within that framework of expectation” Griffin said, during an appearance on Wine and Gold Talk Podcast.
“He’s uber-talented; but when it’s put-up or shut up and the only thing that’s going to mark success is winning a championship, he doesn’t have that level of confidence yet,” Griffin stated. “But I think this Cavs team is going to let him find that in much the same way that he was so good with Utah [Jazz]. Members of his coaching staff told members of our coaching staff the year before I left (2017), that he was more important to them than Gordon Hayward,” Griffin said.
It appears that the Cavs are looking to invest, long-term, in Hood and will likely try to lock him up with a long-term deal sooner rather than later.
Cavs Sign Kevin Love to Four-Year, $120 Million Contract Extension
The Cleveland Cavaliers are ensuring that Kevin Love remains a part of the team’s long-term plans as they have signed the veteran forward to a four-year, $120 million contract extension, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst.
Love recently opted out of the 2019-20 season on his current five-year deal, allowing him to earn $24.1 million next season before the new four-year extension kicks in which will give Love a 17 percent annual raise.
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