There’s another chapter in the never-ending saga that is the broken relationship between the New York Knicks and superstar Carmelo Anthony.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Anthony has asked to be traded this summer, but he is also making it difficult to get a deal done because Anthony will reportedly only accept a trade to Houston or Cleveland.
“Carmelo Anthony has made it clear to them (the Knicks), I want to go to Houston, I’m not interesting in talking to you about being re-incorporated back into this New York roster,” Wojnarowski said on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
Ironically, his tenure with the Knicks began in a similar fashion. Anthony demanded a trade from his original team, the Denver Nuggets, to New York during the 2010-11 season. Eventually, the Knicks landed Anthony in a 3-team trade on Feb. 22, 2011.
Anthony had the option to leave New York, though, during the summer of 2014. Instead, he chose to stay close to his home and try to win with the Knicks. Unfortunately for the superstar, it didn’t end with a championship like his college career did.
In six full seasons with the Knicks, Anthony led the team to the playoffs just twice. New York has missed the playoffs each of the last four years and only advanced past the first round once with Anthony.
But despite the demands to leave, it’s not likely the New York faithful, especially the fans upstate, will ever stop loving Anthony. As a freshman at Syracuse, he led the Orange to their only national championship in men’s basketball in 2003.