According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Carmelo Anthony has no plans to play in New York next season and expects the Knicks will still figure out a way to send him to Houston. Via ESPN:
As New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry pursue a meeting with Carmelo Anthony in the coming days, league sources tell ESPN that team officials will find a 10-time All-Star player counting on the franchise to carry out its previously agreed upon mandate to trade Anthony to the Houston Rockets.
Whatever stance a post-Phil Jackson front office is taking now, Anthony, 33, has continued with an expectation that the Knicks will soon resume talks to honor the franchise's longstanding goal to rebuild without Anthony, league sources said.
Wojnarowski added that the Knicks have realized that their insistence on getting Melo out of town has lowered his value, though it's not clear why they are just realizing that right now.
With Perry's hiring from Sacramento and the promotion of Steve Mills to president, the Knicks have paused those trade discussions, in part, New York's been unhappy with the recent proposed returns on an Anthony deal, league sources said.
As Perry starts to shape the front office and impact policy, another realization has washed over the organization, too -- that the months of organizational harping on Anthony, driven largely by deposed president of basketball operations Phil Jackson, has dramatically devalued Anthony's trade value. Mills and Perry are evaluating whether there's a window of time worth trying to rebuild Anthony's standing around the NBA, as opposed to trading him with it at an all-time low, league sources said.
The Knicks appeared close to dealing Anthony, as reports said the deal was "." Yet just as quickly, the , as they reportedly hoped to meet with Anthony now that they have a new GM who might convince him to stay or expand the list of teams he'd be willing to waive his no-trade clause for.
While it may be a while until any deal goes down, it certainly seems that at this point it's just a matter of when Carmelo will be dealt to the Rockets, and not if.