MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Carmelo Anthony continues to say he doesn't plan on having any input on what the Knicks do by tomorrow's trade deadline, but he expects management to consult with him.
"I'm pretty sure they would bring it to me, they would keep me up to date about what is going on," Anthony said before the Knicks' 98-93 loss to the Grizzlies Tuesday night. "As far as making decisions and things like that, that's their job. I'm pretty sure they'll keep me informed about what's about to happen or what's going to happen."
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Any moves the Knicks make will be with Anthony in mind.
He will be a free agent this summer and the plan is to build a championship contender with him as the centerpiece. But the Knicks don't want to do anything that will have a major impact on the salary-cap space they're set to have in 2015.
Perhaps one thing that could derail that would be if the Knicks could acquire Rajon Rondo from Boston.
The point guard is expected to be one of their targets in free agency in 2015 when All-Stars Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge also could hit the market. Any deal for Rondo might require the Knicks to take on additional longer-term contracts such as Gerald Wallace's.
The Knicks, who are 20-33 and 31/2 games out of a playoff spot, have tried to acquire Rondo previously. But they haven't had the assets or draft picks, so it might be another swing and a miss for the Knicks.
Nevertheless, it's clear the Knicks have targeted point guard as the position they need to upgrade.
Raymond Felton isn't having a good season on either end of the court, prompting the Knicks to scour the league for point guards. Rondo is their dream scenario at this point. The Knicks were close to landing Kyle Lowry in December, and have shown some interest in Jeff Teague and Andre Miller.
As of now, it appears the Raptors, who lead the Atlantic Division, will hold on to Lowry, who has an expiring deal. Teague has three years at $8 million per year left on his contract, so a trade for him could affect the Knicks' ability to spend in 2015. Miller has a team option for next season.
"I haven't heard anything as far as trades," said Anthony, who scored 22 points Tuesday night. "As of right now, nothing is happening. I haven't heard anything so we're planning on moving forward."
That could change by 3 p.m. Thursday. The Knicks likely would part with just about any player other than Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr. But if the Celtics wanted the Knicks' prize rookie -- who scored 23 points off the bench Tuesday night -- in a potential Rondo deal, the Knicks would have to consider it.
Getting a star such as Rondo would be a good start to keeping Anthony.
He said over All-Star Weekend re-signing with the Knicks is his "first priority." He also said he would be willing to take less money if it helps the Knicks sign other players and build a team that could consistently compete for a championship.
"That just says a lot about Carmelo," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "Since I've coached him, I've always felt he's been about winning. That just shows that he's committed. We just got to put a plan together around him and see what happens."
Anthony said after the season he would express to Knicks officials what players he would like as teammates. But for now, he is concerned with the Knicks making the playoffs with who they have.
"Every game is our last game, that's the approach we got to take," Anthony said. "Everybody. The players, the coaches, the staff, everybody's got to take that approach. We want to approach it: Win or go home. Everybody has to have that mentality right now."
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