The New York Knicks failed to make a move on trade deadline day on Thursday, and Carmelo Anthony doesn’t understand what the franchise wants in the future.
“No, not now. No, to be honest with you,” Anthony said late Thursday night. “I think they were kind of planning on the trade deadline, whether they were trying to make moves. I think that was one plan. Now they’ve got to get back to the drawing board and come up with another plan about the future of this team.”
The Knicks were plotting a trade that involved Derrick Rose and Timberwolves Ricky Rubio, but the Minnesota outfit pulled out of the trade.
The Knicks were also keen on a deal that involved Courtney Lee with the Los Angeles Clippers, but nothing happened on that front.
And Anthony doesn’t seem to understand where the management is planning to take the franchise.
“Yeah, I mean, nobody likes to be in limbo,” Anthony said. “We all want to know kind of what’s going on, especially when it’s involving you. But that’s not the way it is in sports. I don’t think I’m the only one that’s going through that or feeling that way. I think there’s other players who feel the same way, that they want to be involved — not involved, but at least up to date with what’s going on. I feel like I’m kind of up to date as far as when it comes to me what’s going on.”
The Knicks had reportedly talked to at least three teams about trading Anthony earlier this month, but nothing materialized at the deadline.
Anthony, who has a no-trade clause, added that he “anticipated” that the Knicks wouldn’t put together a deal to trade him by the deadline.
“It wasn’t really anything kind of worth looking at, talking about or exploring. So I kind of knew that over the past couple of days,” Anthony said, adding that the Knicks never approached him with a formal trade. “We all kind of know what was going on out there, seeing what was worth talking about or bringing to the table. Obviously nothing was worth bringing to the table.”