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New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has insisted that he will not waive his no-trade clause despite reports to the contrary on Friday.
The New York Post reported on Friday that Anthony had suggested that he would be open to waiving his no-trade clause if the Knicks could find a trade partner suitable to Anthony’s liking.
Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose, was quick to dismiss to the report and insisted that his client had no intention on quitting on New York after signing a $124m, five-year contract this past summer.
The 30-year-old did visit the likes of Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets during free agency, but ultimately he didn’t want to leave what he had already built in New York behind.
“Come on, man. After all the work I did to get here and get back here? If I was to get up and want to leave now that would just make me weak, make me have a weak mind,” Anthony said on Friday morning.
“I’ve never been a person to try to run from any adversity or anything like that so I’m not going to pick today to do that.”
Nevertheless, given the Knicks are off to the worst start in the 69-year history of the franchise, his decision to stay in New York hasn’t paid immediate dividends.
They are currently 4-20 for the season after suffering 10 consecutive defeats, and with team president Phil Jackson questioning their mentality coupled with their struggles with the triangle offense, it is a frustrating and anxious time in New York to see how the Knicks improve this season.
Anthony is also currently battling a sore left knee and it is unclear as to whether or not he will be available for Friday’s game against the Boston Celtics.