Knicks' Mills: Possible Melo could stay put

From ESPN - July 17, 2017

New York Knicks president Steve Mills said Monday that Carmelo Anthony could remain with the team this season despite acknowledging that the organization would continue to pursue a trade involving the 10-time All-Star.

"We have been in contact with Carmelo's representatives, we have been in contact with other teams," Mills said Monday at a news conference to introduce new general manager Scott Perry. "Our view is if there's an opportunity that works for Carmelo and works for us, then we will look at some kind of trade. But we also feel that Carmelo could easily be a part of our team next year.

"We are going to move forward so maybe with Carmelo or without Carmelo."

Mills also said that the Knicks would not pursue a buyout of the remaining years on Anthony's contract.

Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract, and the Knicks have discussed potential trades of Anthony in recent weeks, with the Houston Rockets being a primary destination of late. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday that Anthony is still hoping to be traded to the Rockets, and Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne reported last week that the Knicks and Rockets were putting trade talks involving Anthony on hold for the moment, which Mills confirmed.

"I felt it was important for us to slow down, regroup as it related to the trade scenarios with Carmelo," he said. "So we made a decision to slow things down, let us regroup and get together and make sure what's best for the New York Knicks, and at the same time we will do what's best for Carmelo."

Mills and Perry, who met with the media for the first time on Monday, said repeatedly that the Knicks were focused on developing a young core of players that included Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Frank Ntilikina and Willy Hernangomez.

Anthony, 33, does not seem to fit that organizational directive, but Mills pointed out that the club's veterans will play an important role in helping to develop that young core.


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