Carmelo Anthony trade talks grabbed headlines around the deadline, but he ultimately stayed in New York. The decision could end up being temporary as the Knicks can trade the 10-time All-Star in the offseason.
Even Anthony acknowledged "they might" still try to deal him after the Knicks wrapped up their season Wednesday night.
"To be honest with you, I don't know. I'll know more in the upcoming weeks or so," Anthony said when asked if last night was his final game as a Knick. "I'm pretty sure the organization has an idea, a thought of what they want to do, how they want to do it. But at this point, it's all on me."
The forward may have been out of New York already if he wasn't one of the very few players in the league with a no-trade clause in his contract. So even if the Knicks find a trading partner, they must come to Anthony to see if he's OK with it.
Anthony said Wednesday that if Phil Jackson came to him with an honest plan, saying they want to rebuild, then he'd listen.
"I have to figure it out at that point," Anthony said. "It would have to be a decision I really sit down and think about and figure it out. I'm going to have to do a lot of figuring things out right now —sit down with my team, sit down with my family, really figure this out, kind of really put what's important to me at this point in my career, which is winning."
If the 32-year-old favors winning, then he may not stay long.The Knicks have missed the playoffs the last four seasons, and although there's some hope for the future, it may not be swift.
Anthony has two years remaining on his contract.