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Carmelo Anthony denies report he's already decided to leave the Knicks
Carmelo Anthony refuted an ESPN report that he’s already made up his mind to take his talents elsewhere this summer when he becomes a free agent.
“I’m not thinking about that," Anthony said at the Knicks' morning shootaround. "I’ll be selfish to think about that at this point, with us losing and going through the situation that we are going through. It’d be selfish on my part to my teammates and to the organization to even have that thought come across my mind.
“If it’s not coming from me, if it’s not coming from people I talk to on a daily basis -- which I don’t talk to anybody about that, anybody in my crew, anybody on my team, family, nobody -- then it’s just not true.
The nine-game losing streak the Knicks take into tonight’s meeting with the Nets is the longest of Anthony’s career. He called the Knicks “the laughingstock of the league,” yesterday and has said they are in “a dark space.”
But Anthony’s effort and commitment to trying to get the Knicks out of this skid haven’t been questioned. He’s playing a career-high 40.4 minutes and averaging a career-best 9.9 rebounds.
There’s little doubt that Anthony wants to win, and there has been speculation that he could join his good friend Kobe Bryant with the Lakers next season.
But the Knicks can give him roughly $34 million more than any other team. Anthony has been consistent in saying he would make his decision at the appropriate time.