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The agent of New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has dismissed reports that he wants to waive his no-trade clause as “utter nonsense”.
A published report released on Friday suggested that the Knicks star was considering waiving his no-trade clause to give the green light to a possible trade away from the franchise.
However, Leon Rose has been quick to dismiss the report and he has insisted that his 30-year-old client is committed as ever to the Knicks.
“Carmelo, as always, is committed to the Knicks,” Leon Rose, Anthony’s agent, said in a text message to ESPNNewYork.com on Friday.
“There have never been discussions about trades or wanting to leave New York. Any story, rumor, report to the contrary is utter nonsense.”
The New York Post had earlier reported that Anthony would drop the no-trade clause if the Knicks found a trade partner suitable to his liking. However, that is also likely to be a stumbling block to any move considering he has just signed a five-year deal worth $124m.
The Knicks have lost 10 consecutive games and sit at 4-20 for the season near the bottom of the Eastern Conference as rumblings continue to suggest that all is not well within the organisation.
Team president Phil Jackson conceded last week that they have a “loser’s mentality” right now while rookie coach Derek Fisher is under pressure to turn things around.
With the team struggled to implement the triangle offense successfully as well as their weaknesses on the roster being exploited, it is proving to be a testing time for all concerned in New York. In addition, it was reported earlier this week that Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr had clashed and that Anthony was the source of frustration for many of his teammates.
Anthony has been amongst those to express his frustration with the start to the season and he has also been struggling with a sore knee this week. While it is unclear as to whether or not he will play against the Boston Celtics on Friday, he has not considered leaving the franchise according to his agent.