Carmelo Anthony seemingly calls out Kevin Durant over spurning Knicks

Carmelo Anthony understands all too well the pressures of playing for the New York Knicks, something that became all the more arduous during his tenure as the organization fell into a state of utter and total dysfunction under the watch of owner James Dolan.

Anthony’s experiences of those very circumstances affords him a unique perspective when it comes to the Knicks’ continued downward spiral. This makes his recent comments about how Kevin Durant spurned the team that much more interesting.

Speaking recently to reporters, Anthony seems to suggest Durant does not have the right mentality to play for one of the most storied franchises in NBA history, albeit one that obviously has fallen on extremely hard times.

“I don’t think it surprised me,” Anthony said, per Marc Berman of the New York Post. “We all read Durant’s quotes. We know what he said. Whether you agreed with it or not, people have different perspectives about it. It’s not just ‘the Knicks and we’re going to get somebody,’ and it’s a guarantee. Nowadays players aren’t thinking about that. They want to go into a situation where they can enjoy and have fun and not have to deal with that. You have to deal with it in Brooklyn anyway, but it’s not the same. It’s not the same.”

Anthony’s comments refer to what Durant has had to say about the Knicks when explaining his decision to instead sign with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency.

What Anthony had to say further about the Durant-Knicks situation that is sure to raise eyebrows, though.

“Not everybody can deal with (playing for the Knicks),” Anthony added. “Not even a star, but role players. Not too many people can deal with what comes with that. I don’t want to say pressure, but everything that comes along with wearing the Knicks across the chest.”

Anthony arguably is intimating that Durant lacks the mental toughness to play in the pressure-packed environs of Madison Square Garden as the Knicks’ marquee player. Whether that’s indeed the case or not, it’s possible that Durant may elect to respond, given his history.

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OKC Blows Out Knicks as Melo Score 22 In His Return To the Garden

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Hoodies up, Knicks down.

Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points in his first game against his former team and Russell Westbrook added a triple-double as the Oklahoma City Thunder breezed their way to a 105-84 win over the New York Knicks on Thursday.

Anthony, who went full Hoodie Melo in pregame warmups and at times on the bench, knocked down the Thunder’s first shot of the game and played with a fervor on both ends of the floor. While he went on a bit of a shooting slump early in the game, he remained an active defender at the 4 spot and eventually got things going on the offensive end.

Melo was making his Thunder debut against his old team after a fraught summer exit from New York. Disillusioned by his treatment by former Knicks president Phil Jackson, Anthony sought a trade, first to the Houston Rockets and then a short list of suitors that eventually led him to OKC.

“I was always, ‘I’m going to put my trust in Phil, I’m going to put my trust in Phil,’” Anthony told reporters Wednesday. “That diminished after a while. I’m out here doing everything I can and I’m still getting stabbed in the back. I’m not trusting in that anymore.”

Anthony said he looked forward to playing his old team because it fully closed the chapter on his time with the Knicks. He played nearly six-and-a-half seasons with the Knicks, making seven All-Star appearances.

“My first couple of years was exciting, was fun. We set out to do some great things. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen,” Anthony said Wednesday. “But I won’t let the last two or three years overshadow the amount of fun I had in New York and being in New York.”

Thursday also marked the Thunder debut of Paul George, who came over in an offseason trade with the Indiana Pacers. George finished with a team-high 28 points on 9-of-23 shooting and added six rebounds.

The debut of his new co-stars somewhat overshadowed an expectedly brilliant performance from the reigning MVP. Westbrook finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists for his first triple-double of the 2017-18 season. He finished with a single-season record of 42 triple-doubles last season, a number many expected to diminish with George and Anthony in the fold.

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Carmelo: Phil Jackson Tried To Trade Me For A “Bag Of Chips”

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In Carmelo Anthony’s eyes, the Knicks weren’t asking for nearly enough when Phil Jackson was trying to trade him.

Jackson, Anthony told the New York Times, tried “to trade me for a bag of chips.”

After the Knicks fired Jackson and installed Scott Perry as general manager, the asking price was higher.

“They went from asking for peanuts to asking for steak,” Melo added. The steak was Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second-round pick originally belonging to the Bulls.

The will-they-won’t-they saga of the Knicks’ efforts to move Anthony was the story of the NBA offseason in New York. During the season, Anthony felt he was being “pushed out” of New York by Jackson, he told the Times.

This summer, Melo was open about his desire to leave the Knicks but used his no-trade clause to ensure he landed in the best situation. The Rockets were his top choice for a while before he eventually expanded his list. Even before the Thunder were a contender, his son Kiyan was hopeful Melo would play in OKC, he told the Times.

The Anthony trade was the second big splash the Thunder this summer, after acquiring Paul George for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

Anthony, George and Russell Westbrook open the season on Thursday night at home—against Melo’s old team.

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Melo Cool Moving To PF

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After often resisting it in New York, Carmelo Anthony will officially make the full-time transition to starting power forward with the Thunder, coach Billy Donovan said Tuesday.

Asked about Anthony laughing off the possibility of coming off the bench Monday at media day, Donovan said, “We’re going to probably, maybe, bring him in at the start of the fourth quarter.”

After a second to let the sarcasm sink in, Donovan set it straight and revealed Anthony’s role.

“No, he’s going to start the power forward spot for us,” Donovan said. “That’s what he’s going to do.”

Anthony has played the majority of his career as a small forward, but with Paul George already slotted into that position, the 10-time All-Star said he’s ready and willing to slide down a position in the Thunder’s starting five.

“I’ve been playing the 4 almost all my career,” Anthony said. “Even in Denver, we was one of those teams with George Karl, kinda started going playing that small ball, putting me at the 4, picking up the pace. We kind of started that. And the league wasn’t ready for that at that time. It was all about traditional bigs and power forwards and centers. And now, it’s just whoever. You have 2-guards playing center now, guys 6-foot-5 playing center. So, it really doesn’t matter at what position it is, what spot out there, as long as you fill those spots, as long as you know the offense, as long as you execute, those positions, they don’t matter.”

A primary factor in Anthony’s willingness to make the full-time positional change is the roster around him. The expected Thunder starting five will feature Russell Westbrook, defensive specialist Andre Roberson, George, Anthony and Steven Adams.

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Carmelo Anthony Traded To Thunder From Knicks

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The New York Knicks have agreed to trade 10-time All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told ESPN on Saturday.

The Thunder will send center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick (via the Chicago Bulls) to New York, league sources said.

Anthony, 33, will waive his no-trade clause and his $8.1 million trade kicker to accommodate the deal, league sources told ESPN.

A trade call is scheduled for Monday to finalize the deal with the league office, sources said.

Anthony would only waive his no-trade clause for the Thunder, Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources said. His no-trade clause will go with him to Oklahoma City.

Anthony has a strong history with Thunder assistant general manager Troy Weaver, who helped recruit him to Syracuse University.

Anthony joins the league’s reigning MVP, Russell Westbrook, and All-Star forward Paul George on a reshaped and formidable Western Conference contender. Westbrook and George played a significant role in recruiting Anthony to waive his no-trade clause for Oklahoma City, league sources said. Westbrook and George could become free agents in the summer of 2018.

The Thunder made a huge commitment with the Anthony deal, incurring $27.8 million in luxury tax for the 2017-18 season. The Thunder payroll will rise to $134 million this season. Anthony has two years, $54 million left on his contract, including a player option for $27.9 million in 2018-19.

Thunder GM Sam Presti and Knicks GM Scott Perry had been talking, on and off, about a possible deal for weeks. Talks intensified in the 24 hours before Saturday’s agreement, league sources said.

Anthony is expected to take part in the start of Thunder training camp on Tuesday in Oklahoma City, sources said.

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Melo Hopes To Be Traded By Monday

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Although trade rumors surrounding Carmelo Anthony have swallowed up headlines for much of the summer, the Knicks All-Star remains with the New York franchise with training camp now just days away.

Despite no progress seemingly being made on the trade front, however, Anthony and his camp remain hopeful that he’ll be dealt before Monday according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News — which marks the first day of the Knicks’ training camp and media day.

Anthony’s camp is cautiously optimistic that a deal will be struck before Monday, and trying not to think about the potential media circus that will take place if Carmelo is still with the Knicks. Two weeks ago, Carmelo’s wife, La La, said the family thought a trade would have been completed by now.

Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract that he’s reportedly willing to waiver, but only for the right team. Right now that team appears to be Houston — the long-rumored destination that was previously engaged in trade talks this summer with the Knicks.

“Mentally, Carmelo and his family have moved on to Houston,” Isola reports. “Reality is another story. Hopefully, Mills and Perry will have the right answers when they address the media on Friday because the Carmelo issue isn’t going away until he goes away.”

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Blake Griffin Believes Something Is Brewing With The Banana Boat Boys

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We’re still two months away from the start of the NBA season, but we already know what the biggest storyline of 2017-18 will be: Will LeBron James leave Cleveland again?

Every time the Cavaliers go on a losing streak, or LeBron gets into a tiff with a teammate or the coaching staff, the questions will arise once again. LeBron has the ability to become a free agent at the end of next season, and there have already been reports that he’s at least considering leaving the Cavs, possibly for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Now that Chris Paul is in Houston, Blake Griffin is the unquestioned face of the Clippers franchise. On the Sklar Brothers’ podcast, “View from the Cheap Seats,”Griffin explained why he doesn’t think he’ll eventually have to share a city with LeBron. Griffin said “I don’t see that happening,” when the idea of James joining the Clippers was mentioned, and then added his thoughts on LeBron going to the Lakers.

“Honestly, I don’t see him coming to L.A. period,” Griffin said. “Listen, again, I have no idea [laughs]. I think something is brewing with him and his group of guys. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I think something’s brewing and they’re going to try to make that work.”

By “group of guys,” Griffin is likely referring to the banana boat crew made up of James, Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade. James has already mentioned publicly that he’d like to play on the same team as his group of friends one day, so it makes sense that Griffin would bring it up. But Griffin went a step further, suggesting that LeBron’s crew could eventually come together in New York.

“I could see [LeBron] going to New York before L.A. I still think, when you go to the Garden, it’s a completely different feeling,” Griffin said. “The energy, there seems like there’s just a consistent buzz the entire game. … Even last year when you go play them, it’s still there.”

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Carmelo Anthony Request Trade To Rockets

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Carmelo Anthony has endured one of the most tumultuous periods of his career due to everything that has gone on with the Knicks. His public sniping with former president, Phil Jackson, along with the team actively trying to force him out has led to a broken relationship. The two sides will not reach a buy out, and at this point there is only one team he will play for.

Anthony has a no-trade clause and the only team he will use that for are the Rockets. Houston acquired Chris Paul in a trade earlier in the offseason and they’ve been working on trying to acquire Anthony in order to compete with the Warriors out in the Western Conference. New York seemed ready to move Anthony, but it changed its tune after promoting Steve Mills and hiring Scott Perry. Now the team wants Anthony to return for another season, but Anthony appears ready to move on. Transcript from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski via New York Post

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski during a SportsCenter appearance Tuesday morning, Anthony “has made it clear to [the Knicks]: I want to go to Houston, I am not interested in talking to you about being reincorporated back into this New York roster.”

Anthony doesn’t want to be a part of the Knicks anymore and it’s hard to blame him. The last season he’s faced nothing but a front office that has openly opposed him in every way. Now, with new management, they want him to just come back and work with them like nothing happened. This is a relationship beyond repair and the Knicks need to move on from it.

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Knicks Might Want To Keep Melo

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The New York Knicks are pausing trade talks concerning Carmelo Anthony and are looking to get a meeting with him to discuss reintegrating him with the organization, Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN report.

On Thursday, the Knicks reportedly reached a deal with Scott Perry, to make him their new general manger, according to Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago. Perry had been hired by the Sacramento Kings in April to serve as their executive vice president of basketball operations.

Shelburne and Wojnarowski are reporting that with the Knicks new front office taking shape, they went to talk with Anthony to meet with the executives and coach Jeff Hornacek.

There was talk that the Knicks were working on a four-team trade that would send the 10-time All-Star to the Houston Rockets. Wojnarowski reported earlier this month that Anthony is willing to waive his no-trade clause for a deal that will send him to either Houston or the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Anthony has spent almost half of his career in New York after being trade there from the Denver Nuggets in 2011. In the 2012-13 season he led the NBA in scoring and led the Knicks to a 54-28 record and the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks have not made the playoffs since then.

There had been public issues between Anthony and former Knicks president Phil Jackson regarding the team’s triangle offense. Jackson and the Knicks agreed to part ways last month.

Last season the Knicks finished 31-51 and appear to be going into a rebuild. Anthony will be entering the 15th season.

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Could Melo Join Paul and Harden In Houston?

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The Houston Rockets are reportedly trying to get creative in their pursuit of New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony by engaging in four-way trade talks. But they have yet to find the right deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski of reported Wednesday the Rockets and Knicks are “motivated” to reach an agreement, but there’s still nothing “imminent.”

Later on Wednesday, Stefan Bondy and Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported a source said the trade “is at the two yard line.”

Houston is trying to create its own superstar trio of Anthony, James Harden and Chris Paul to become a bigger threat to the likes of the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Making a trade with the Knicks work under the salary cap is going to take some maneuvering, though. Per Spotrac, the Rockets are about $15.3 million over the cap, so they’ll need to match salaries closely to acquire Anthony, who is set to make $26.2 million next season.

That’s why it doesn’t come as a surprise to hear the discussions have increased to include at least four teams as the sides seek a way to make the financial numbers fall in place.

Wojnarowski previously reported the Rockets and Cavs were the two teams for whom Anthony would be willing to waive his no-trade clause.

Meanwhile, Houston general manager Daryl Morey made it clear last week during an ESPN appearance that the team wanted to add more star power, per Michael Gallagher of Yahoo Sports.

“Get more USA Basketball team members,” he said about the team’s roster-building philosophy.

Ultimately, it feels like there’s a good chance Anthony ends up with the Rockets before the start of next season, even if it doesn’t happen in the immediate future. Houston wants another marquee name and New York needs to start looking toward the future.

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