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’ Larry Drew Discusses Brandon Knight’s Play of Late
The Cleveland Cavaliers knew that when they acquired Brandon Knight in a trade deadline deal with the Houston Rockets, that they were acquiring a player that may be a ways away from returning to form.
Knight, who missed the entire 2017-2018 season and appeared in only 14 games this season due to a torn ACL, has been showing signs of a return to form in his short stint with the Cavs, and it has caught the attention of Cavaliers’ head coach Larry Drew.
“I know what he’s gone through over a period with the injury and trying to come back from it,” Drew said of Knight, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic.
“I know what he’s capable of doing. I know what type of player he is. He’s a fierce competitor. Not only does he do it from an offensive end, but defensively, he’s a tough kid. That addition in our lineup gives us a little versatility as far as we can move people around. … And I know how bad he wants to get back to the Brandon Knight of old. Certainly if he can get back to that, you guys are going to see a terrific player.”
Blazers Acquire Rodney Hood
Hood heads over to Portland for a pair of 2nd round picks, one in 2021 and another in 2023, Nik Stauskas, and Wade Baldwin, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“Rodney is an accomplished NBA player that brings versatility, shot making and depth to our perimeter and will fit seamlessly into our culture and style of play,” Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said in an official team statement.
Hood, 26, has poured in 12.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and two assists per game this season for Cleveland.
Hood had to agree to the trade because he signed a one-year, $3.4 million qualifying offer last summer with Cleveland, which granted him veto rights.
Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Discusses Trade Possibility
With the NBA Trade Deadline around the corner, the rumor mill is heating up and a number of names are being tossed around as potential players that could be moved to a new team.
One of the names that could be on the move is Cleveland Cavaliers veteran forward Tristan Thompson.
Thompson is understanding that it’s a business, and that anything can happen, including the possibility that he could be sent to a new team at the deadline.
“Blake Griffin got traded,” Thompson said , according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic.
“At the end of the day, if the trade is right and the pieces are guys they feel can help the franchise moving forward, I’m totally understanding. It’s a business. If you don’t have a no-trade clause, anything can happen.”
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