Carmelo Anthony Returning To New York Knicks In 2021
Is Carmelo Anthony returning to the New York Knicks in 2021? It is certainly beginning to look that way.
According to Al Iannazzone of Newsday, the 35-year-old recently spoke glowingly of what the future holds for his old team.
“It’s an exciting time for the New York Knicks,” he said. “It’s an exciting time.”
New York and Anthony have a long history.
The pair went their separate ways three years ago prior to the start of the 2017-18 season.
Anthony was ultimately traded away to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a deal involving Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott.
At the time, many thought that Anthony, Russell Westbrook and Paul George might form one of the league’s more formidable trios. Obviously things did not quite pan out as planned, though.
Following a failed run in Oklahoma City, Anthony went to the Houston Rockets where he played just 10 games before getting shelved for good.
For a while there it looked like the former Syracuse star’s career was over, but then the Portland Trail Blazers came knocking this season.
Anthony inked a non-guaranteed contract with Portland this past November and played well enough for the team to allow it to become fully guaranteed.
Although the marriage between Anthony and the Blazers has been a productive one for all sides, he still left the door open for a return to the Knicks. Primarily due to the strong relationship that exists between incoming team president Leon Rose, his former agent.
— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) February 28, 2020
“It’s hard to say because I don’t know what that situation is going to be,” said Anthony.
“The easiest thing to say is, ‘His agent is there, he’s coming back.’ Until I sit down and see the whole plan, I don’t know.
“Me and him, we talk multiple times a week. That’s not something we even discuss. I still think it’s still a shock for everybody. When the offseason comes, I got to be careful [what I say] now because it’s tampering.”
In a lot of ways, Anthony closing out his career in New York would be the best possible end for all involved. Will it actually happen, though? Time will tell.