‘Melo teased by Nets coach Kidd at charity event on Wednesday.
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has refused to be drawn in on discussions over his future, as he is set to become a free agent at the end of the season.
The 29-year-old was attending a September 11 charity event along with his former team-mate Jason Kidd, who has now moved on to begin his coaching career with city rivals the Brooklyn Nets.
Kidd jokingly asked Anthony whether all the attention was for his announcement that he was going to the Los Angeles Lakers next summer, but the Knicks small forward made it clear that he would not be discussing his future.
“I’m not. I’m just not going to do it,” he said as quoted by NBA.com. “I’m going to let everybody know the first day that I’m not going to talk about it. Hopefully you guys and your colleagues respect that, and that’s it.”
With LeBron James also facing the same questions earlier this week, Anthony insisted to reporters that he would not be drawn into a discussion over what will happen next summer as he is fully focused on achieving success with the Knicks this season.
With pressure from the likes of the Nets who have heavily reinforced this summer, Anthony believes that his franchise still has a strong enough roster to compete and is excited about their potential ahead of the new campaign.
“Despite what everybody is saying, I feel that we made some huge strides this summer, acquiring the guys that we went out there and got.
“It wasn’t big, big names that we went out there and got, but the guys that we went and got, I think, fit in perfectly the void of the Jasons that left and the Rasheeds [Wallace] and all those other guys we had on the team,” he added.
With Andrea Bargnani and Metta World Peace signing up this offseason, the Knicks will be hopeful of repeating their regular season success from last year.