“Oh, yeah, you’ll see me here for the Knicks [next season]. Absolutely,” he said during an interview with Yahoo! Finance at the TechCrunch Disrupt Summit in Brooklyn.
This is noteworthy because in recent interviews, Anthony left himself some room to hedge when discussing his future in New York.
Last month, when asked about the possibility of waiving his no-trade clause, Anthony said, "As of right now, I'll be here. No conversation has taken place as far as me leaving or me wanting to leave.”
Anthony’s answer Wednesday was much more definitive. Given the no-trade clause in his contract, the 31-year-old holds all of the cards when it comes to his future with the club.
Earlier in the season, one theory shared by some in the Knicks organization was that Anthony might waive his no-trade clause if the club fails to acquire elite talent in free agency.
Anthony shot down that theory Wednesday, when he spoke with business partner Stuart Goldfarb about his venture capital company, Melo7 Tech Partners.
As with everyone else with an interest in the Knicks, Anthony is still waiting for the club to hire a coach.
The veteran forward didn’t address the coaching search Wednesday, but league sources with knowledge of Anthony's thinking said a report that stated he "likes" the idea of the Knicks hiring David Blatt is a gross exaggeration.
This isn’t to say that Anthony wouldn’t support a Blatt hire if the Knicks choose to go that route. But the league sources say Anthony hadn’t expressed his opinion on Blatt to anyone.
Blatt, of course, remains a candidate for the Knicks’ opening. Team president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills met with Blatt late last month.
Interim coach Kurt Rambis is also a strong candidate for the job, sources say.
In addition to Blatt and Rambis, the Knicks have also reached out to representatives for ex-Pacers coach Frank Vogel to gauge his interest in the job. It is unclear whether either Jackson or Mills has discussed the Knicks’ vacancy with any other candidates.
Rambis was in Chicago at the NBA’s draft combine on Tuesday with other members of the Knicks’ front office, according to league sources. If he isn’t hired as the Knicks’ next head coach, Rambis’ presence in Chicago further confirms that he’ll have a role in the organization in some fashion.
Rambis was with a contingent from the Knicks’ front office that included Mills, assistant GM Allan Houston, vice president of basketball operations Jamie Mathews and director of scouting Kristian Petesic.
The Knicks don’t have a draft pick at the moment, but they anticipate acquiring a second-rounder prior to the draft, according to league sources.
On that front, the club has scheduled a workout for June 10 with Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. You can expect the Knicks to work out more prospects in the coming weeks as they focus on acquiring a pick.
New York can either trade for a second-round pick or purchase one, as NBA teams are allowed to spend up to $3 million per season on cash deals to buy a pick, sweeten a trade or buy a player out of a foreign contract, among other situations.