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Knicks Keeping 'Open Mind' on Carmelo Anthony

Knicks Keeping 'Open Mind' on Carmelo Anthony

"Look, Carmelo's going to be back here", Perry said.

The Knicks have had talks with teams for several months about trading Anthony but nothing has come to fruition.

Friday's press conference doesn't mean the Knicks won't actually trade Anthony before media day or training camp.

Instead, they said, they will move ahead, mindful that a deal for Anthony may emerge at any point.

Anthony has a no-trade clause and has insisted on being traded to the Houston Rockets to play with Chris Paul and James Harden.

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"The Knicks under new team president Steve Mills and new general manager Scott Perry are well within their right to wait for the best deal possible before finally sending Carmelo on his way", he added.

According to the National Basketball Association insider, Melo's camp will make one last attempt to convince the Knicks into trading him to the Houston Rockets by Monday.

"I think we're just looking forward to continuing our relationship with KP and helping him grow as a player and grow as a person", Mills said.

Despite being 33, Anthony, the 10-time All-Star, still has a lot to offer. "So, unless Houston can find someone to take Ryan Anderson's contract (he's owed over $60 million over the next three seasons), Carmelo is stuck in limbo".

And New York, despite the certain hysteria on media day, has little reason to trade Anthony for a lesser return simply to avoid criticism. Earlier this week, Frank Isola of The New York Daily News reported that Anthony was "cautiously optimistic" a trade would happen before the end of the weekend. But when Steve Mills was promoted to that spot and hired Perry after the team parted ways with Jackson, they told Anthony there was a chance he would remain in NY because they wouldn't accept a bad deal.