INDIANAPOLIS - Mike Woodson admitted he's "concerned" that some of the things that have transpired with the Knicks this season could lead to Carmelo Anthony leaving. Nevertheless, Woodson said he believes Anthony will retire a Knick.
Anthony has said he will opt out of the final year of his contract after the season and become a free agent. This season hasn't gone anywhere near how Anthony or the Knicks expected.
They've won six of their last eight, but they're 15-23 overall and the drama surrounding J.R. Smith has overshadowed their improved play lately. But Woodson doesn't believe it will impact Anthony's future in New York.
"You're concerned," Woodson said on ESPN New York radio Wednesday. "But Melo's wearing a Knick uniform. I think Melo loves playing in New York. He's been one of the bright spots this year. He's been solid all the way through our ups and downs this year. To me, that's the sign of a true pro.
"We are starting to get back healthy. We are playing a little bit better. As far as Melo leaving New York, in my heart I don't think that's going to happen. I think Melo's going to retire a New York Knick. That's just my own personal belief."
The trade deadline is Feb. 20 and The Knicks don't want to move Anthony. But if they get any indication he might not re-sign, the Knicks could explore trade scenarios rather than let Anthony leave in the summer without getting anything in return.
Anthony can get a maximum five-year deal worth roughly $129 million from the Knicks. The most another team can pay him is four years and about $96 million.