Carmelo Anthony wants out of New York. And the Knicks don’t want him, either. But as of right now, they’re still stuck together.
The Knicks have been trying to deal Melo to the Rockets, but they said Friday the plan is for Anthony to be present at media day and remain a starter as long as the 33-year-old is on the team.
“Carmelo Anthony will be with us for media day Monday and for practice on Tuesday,” said Knicks president Steve Mills, who replaced Phil Jackson during the offseason.
Mills, who said he’s had regular contact with Melo, added that the team’s chemistry won’t be affected by the continuing trade talks.
Coach Jeff Hornacek said Anthony’s role won’t change.
Anthony has been absent from the team’s voluntary workouts at its training facility, opting to spend time at a private gym in Manhattan.
“Even if guys haven’t been here, guys have been going to the city and in communication with Melo and bunch of other guys and getting runs in there to,” newly acquired Jarrett Jack said Tuesday.