Now that Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony is settled in his new home, with his new team, he can reflect on his time with the New York Knicks and share some details about the ins-and-outs of the never-ending trade rumors that followed him for the past few years.
Anthony recalls the breaking down of his relationship of former Knicks’ boss Phil Jackson.
“When I signed back with the Knicks, I wanted to be in New York and I believed in Phil,’’ Anthony said regarding his $125 million contract, with a no-trade clause, that he agreed to with Jackson back in the summer of 2014, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.
“Then last year it went to: I was being pushed out. There were things being said about me that I didn’t know where they were coming from. And I still had to go in that gym and play and practice and deal with the media, answer all those questions every day.”
Jackson had tried to deal Anthony, but nothing materialized and the tension between the two continued to dissolve.
“There was no support from the organization,” Anthony said. “When you feel like you’re on your own and then on top of that you feel like you’re being pushed out…”
“I think at that point it was too far gone,” Anthony continued. “I already had in my mind that I wanted to win, that I wanted to move on. We didn’t think it would take as long as it did, but my mind was already made up.”
Anthony stated that Jackson was willing “to trade me for a bag of chips,” while Scott Perry, the Knicks new general manager was more calculated and shrewd with his dealings.
“They went from asking for peanuts to asking for steak,” Anthony joked.