ORLANDO — Like Kristaps Porzingis, Carmelo Anthony has chosen to train this summer outside of the direction of the Knicks.
Also like Porzingis, there have been Internet posts of said workouts — and the latest with Anthony caused a little bit of controversy.
The Sunday morning before a report surfaced stating Anthony was ready to waive his no-trade clause to go to Houston or Cleveland, Knicks brass was captured on NBATV allegedly laughing at a cell phone video of Anthony running on a soccer field at nighttime in a hoodie.
As speculation stormed social media about whether Anthony was disrespected, the Knicks declined to respond — and one member of the front office turned angry when approached for comment.
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“Get the f— out of here with that,” vice president of player personnel Clarence Gaines Jr., told a reporter.
Although it appeared to be the case, it wasn’t clear if the cell phone video Knicks brass watched was the clip of Anthony’s sprints. The context of the laughs and smirks — including from GM Steve Mills — also are impossible to know.
But a day later Monday, there also wasn’t an attempt to explain what had become a viral video. Mills politely declined to comment and Gaines told the reporter his “get the f— out of here” stood as his comment.
Anthony, meanwhile, has gone dark on social media as his future remains in flux. The Knicks reportedly turned down an offer from Houston that included Ryan Anderson. The problem with Anderson is the three years and about $ 60 million remaining on his deal, reportedly more than the Knicks were willing to take for a one-dimensional player (Anderson shoots very well).
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Even if Chris Paul’s relocation to Houston is the driving force behind Anthony’s reported willingness to relocate to Houston, it’s a bit a surprise considering the coach there is Mike D’Antoni. It would be the unlikeliest of reunions.
Their brief time together in New York was rife with friction. Just a couple months ago, D’Antoni revealed that he quit the Knicks in 2012 after Anthony told the Knicks they have to choose between him and the coach. But if they team up again with a trade, it would be under much different circumstances: with D’Antoni as the newly-crowned Coach of the Year and vindicated by the success of his speedball offense, and with Anthony as the aging scorer who was only an All-Star last year as an injury replacement.
Still, the Knicks would have to come to an agreement — and the Rockets will have a tough time matching salaries if Anderson is off the table. It’s hard to see them parting with Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon.
Cleveland is also not in an ideal trading partner because 1) they’ve resisted dealing Kevin Love for Anthony, 2) their other matchable contracts include Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith (talk about unlikely reunions), and 3) like the Knicks, they reason let go of their top decision-maker (David Griffin) and haven’t hired a full-time replacement.
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In other words, Anthony’s future remains no less clear than whether Knicks executives were laughing at him doing running drills in the dark.
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