Carmelo Anthony officially asks Knicks to trade him back to Team USA
NEW YORK — Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is looking to move on from the organization. In the midst of just the latest string of terrible play by the Knicks since he arrived in town has them plummeting out of the playoff race, Anthony has officially asked the Knicks front office to deal him to Team USA, the team with which he has had the most success in his career.
“I just spent some time reflecting on where things are with this team and where I am in my career,” Anthony said today, confirming his trade request. “I’m going on 33-years old and I just want to win now. I’ve won with Team USA. That’s where I feel I belong.”
The Knicks were reportedly very interested in sending Anthony back to Team USA in exchange for any of the talented and younger players on the U.S. roster. “Whoa, they have Steph Curry on their roster,” one front office staffer was heard saying. “Do you think we could get Steph Curry for Carmelo?” But the initial excitement in making the deal has waned in the front office after they learned that it’s not possible to make a trade because Team USA is not in the NBA. Undeterred, Anthony said he is willing to go to a team in a foreign league.
“I think my game would work really well in a professional league in, say, Venezuela,” he said. “I always have played really well against the Venezuelans. Panama, too. I bet I could win a ring in Panama and then all the critics would finally get off my back.”
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