DENVER — Carmelo Anthony didn’t sound like someone planning an escape from New York. He spoke about the virtues of the triangle and said he would recruit free agents to join him with the Knicks this summer.
“Put me at the head of the table and let’s go to work,” Anthony said after the Knicks practiced Monday afternoon.
This was a change from recent weeks when Anthony sounded like his patience was wearing thin with the Knicks likely headed for a third straight season of missing the playoffs.
Anthony said that’s why he will be on the recruiting trail “more so” this offseason than last. One player it sounds like he will call is Rajon Rondo, whom Anthony said “would be perfect” for the triangle offense.
“This summer’s going to be interesting,” Anthony said. “I don’t really have a choice. If we want this team to be better, if we want more pieces in this team, I don’t have a choice but to go out there and do my job and try and get people to come and see it from my perspective rather than everybody else’s perspective. See it from a player’s perspective.”
Anthony added with a laugh, “If they give me the right to go out there and talk to people.”
Team president Phil Jackson, general manager Steve Mills and ex-coach Derek Fisher were point men in free-agent meetings last summer. Anthony called and texted players, and said there were “a lot of people very, very interested in coming to play for the Knicks.”
Speculation has been growing that Anthony might consider waiving his no-trade clause this summer because of the Knicks’ struggles and overall lack of stability. Anthony has played with 70 different teammates and for four coaches since forcing a trade from Denver in 2011. He admitted it’s troubling and can make the Knicks “a hard sell.”
“That’s things that I worry about on my own when I sit back and reflect on the whole situation,” he said. “I do worry about that, consistency, creating something where we have something to looking forward to year in and year out, not always changing things when something goes bad. The rest of the league sees that, guys see that and players see that and agents see that.
“Sometimes it makes it a hard sell. But for the most part as players our sources are other players. We go directly to the players.”
Earlier this season, Rondo, who is friends with Anthony, said “the triangle’s not really a good look for me.” Anthony believes Rondo is being fed bad information and that there’s “a misconception” that the triangle offense isn’t good for point guards.
“I think he would be perfect in a system like this,” Anthony said. “I think a system like this fits a guy like that. To have the ball in his hand and to run the offense, I think he fits well in this system. I don’t know who’s telling him he don’t fit.
“There is a misconception about that. Some of our keys to the offense is penetration, getting in the paint, pushing the pace, transition, creating in the paint for bigs, for yourself, for everybody else. I think a point guard would love that.”
Interim coach Kurt Rambis agreed, saying traditional point guards “would have tremendous success within the offense. There’s no doubt in my mind that they could have a lot of success in the offense.”
Porzingis plans to play
Kristaps Porzingis, who missed Saturday’s win over Detroit with a left lower leg contusion, was held out of the contact part of practice. But the rookie big man said he expects to play against the Nuggets Tuesday. Porzingis said he took a knee to his shin in Friday’s loss to Boston and it swelled up.
The Knicks intend to sign 6-6 free-agent combo guard Tony Wroten to a two-year deal this week, but he may not play for them this season as he recovers from a partially torn ACL he suffered last year. If the Knicks think Wroten can help them they would have his rights for next season. He’s averaged 11.1 points and 3.0 assists in 145 games with the Grizzlies and 76ers, who waived Wroten on Dec. 24 . . . The Knicks assigned Cleanthony Early, who is recovering after being shot in the right knee during Dec. 30 a robbery, to their D-League team in Westchester.