TORONTO — Carmelo Anthony is a real power broker now.
The Knicks’ All-Star, who already had the power to veto any deal with the no-trade clause he had structured into his contract in 2014, became vice president of the NBA Players Association on Friday. He said one of the reasons he was voted in by his peers was that no-trade clause.
“I think guys were waiting for me to get on the committee so they can start giving me the things that they want to happen,” Anthony said. “That was one of them.”
Anthony, who is one of only a handful of players with a no-trade clause, said he doesn’t plan to waive it at this point. He dismissed a report that he could be headed to Cleveland to join his close friend LeBron James, saying, “I don’t want to run . . . I’m not going nowhere.”
Anthony said if the Knicks miss the playoffs for a third straight year, that won’t “sit well with me” and might lead him to reconsider whether to waive the clause. He said he’s not thinking about it yet but is glad he has that power.
“That was something that my agent really talked about,” Anthony said. “So that was a big part of signing that contract, and security at the end of the day. This is a business and you just never know what could possibly happen, which way it can go.
“I think to have that security as a player, I think all players would want that. I’m glad that I got it.”
Anthony said he wants to play with stars, and he has them on his new union team.
His good friend Chris Paul is the president of the players association, James is a first vice president, and reigning league MVP Stephen Curry is a vice president. They will team up to try to avoid a lockout in 2017.
The league and the players’ union have held preliminary conversations. The last time the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement, it led to a lockout-shortened 2011-12 season.
“I hope we can come to an agreement sooner rather than later,” Anthony said. “We don’t want another strike. We don’t want to do that. We’ve just got to sit down at the table. Now it’s talking about more important issues than we were talking about in the past and being transparent with one another. Before, there wasn’t a lot of things put on the table from our side and from the NBA side. Now it’s a time where we should lay everything out on the table and come to an agreement.”
Anthony said the players support union executive director Michelle Roberts “1,000 percent. That’s why I hope we can do something sooner than later.”
When asked what he brings to the executive committee, Anthony said, “Experience, knowledge, information just from my sources from the outside, people who I communicate and talk with that really know this business. I think that can be extremely helpful.”
Melo makes the rounds
Anthony said he was upset about the latest trade rumor involving him, but he has been enjoying the weekend in Toronto.
He sat courtside with his son and Paul for Saturday night’s three-point contest.
During a break, Anthony’s son, Kiyan, took part in the kids’ slam-dunk contest. He took a handoff from Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and dunked it as Anthony went wild.
Anthony also sat in the front row for most of rookie Kristaps Porzingis’ 30-point performance in Friday night’s Rising Stars Challenge.
“I was glad to see him step on that stage and do what he did,” Anthony said. “He would have been the MVP if they would have won.
“It was important for him to see that he got that support from me. For me to stop what I’m doing and just go check him out and just hang out there, take my son there, take my nephew there, kind of just enjoy that moment.”
Anthony believes he and Porzingis will be playing in the All-Star Game together in the near future.
“That’s the goal,” he said. “The way that he’s going, I’m pretty sure that we will be seeing him on Sunday.”