GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Carmelo Anthony hasn’t thought about asking for a trade out of New York if things don't go well for the Knicks this season.
“No, hell no,” Anthony said after Knicks practice on Monday. “I haven’t even -- for me to get to that point and decide this is not what it’s going to be, I already came this far. That don’t even come across my mind at this point.”
There was speculation over the summer that Anthony would consider asking for a trade if the Knicks struggled this season. Anthony signed a five-year, $124 million contract with the Knicks in the summer of 2014 that contains a no-trade clause.
Anthony said on Monday that the idea that he wanted to leave New York was one of many storylines over the summer that were “not true.”
“It’s a long list. The draft pick [of Kristaps Porzingis] was one. Me waiving my trade clause to me not wanting to be here is three. Just every day it was another team that I was going to be traded to,” Anthony said. “I was in everybody’s trade this offseason, so after a while, at first it’s like OK, I know it’s not true, it’s stupid. Then after a while it gets old, you start hearing the same thing from a different source every day, a different team every day. You’ve got to walk around and you’ve got to hear the people, fans are asking, you’ve got to deal with that everywhere you go, family, downtown. So things like that starts to get overwhelming at times.”
Reports surfaced shortly after the draft that Anthony expressed displeasure over the Knicks’ decision to draft Kristaps Porzingis with the No. 4 pick. Anthony has denied it, saying on several occasions that he’s excited about Porzingis. He has also said on multiple occasions that he’s excited about the Knicks’ additions in free agency.
“This is part of the plan. So to see the plan coming to fruition is a good thing,” he said.
Coming off of a 17-win season, the Knicks didn't land the stars that they'd hoped to in free agency. They met with Greg Monroe and DeAndre Jordan, both of whom ended up signing with other teams. New York signed Robin Lopez, Arron Afflalo, Derrick Williams, Kyle O'Quinn, Kevin Seraphin and Sasha Vujacic in free agency.
"In any free agency you always try to shoot for the top, for the cream of the crop," Anthony said. "And then there’s another tier that you have to go to when things don’t go your way and that’s the tier that we’re at right now. I thought [the team] did a great job of putting this group of guys together."
Anthony and Jackson didn't speak about the Knicks' free-agent acquisitions in July during the recruiting period. This led to speculation that the team president and eight-time All Star were at odds over the direction of the franchise.
Anthony reiterated on Monday that he didn't feel the need to talk to Jackson during free agency or to have Jackson "sell" him on his plan for the Knicks' future.
"I knew the direction that the team was going in already based off the conversations that we had previous to the draft," Anthony said. "So it wasn’t about the draft pick. I already knew the vision, what the plan was going to be, or what plan they were trying to do. At that point I didn’t have to have a conversation with Phil for him to fill me on every little thing that was going on."
So, what was the plan?
"This right here, where we at right now," Anthony said.
Anthony, 31, seems to be happy about the direction of the franchise. He has expressed optimism about the coming season several times during training camp.
He said on Monday that he's "come to grips" with what happened during last year's disastrous 17-win season and now believes "that everything will work itself out."
Anthony will take the court with his teammates for the first time on Wednesday when the Knicks open the preseason at Madison Square Garden against the Brazilian team Bauru.