Carmelo Anthony feeling relaxed heading into trade deadline

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Carmelo Anthony said he was "relaxed" on Wednesday afternoon, a little more than 24 hours until the NBA's trade deadline. He hasn't heard from New York Knicks management about potential deals and reiterated that he expects to be with the team after the deadline.

"I don't think that's something that I'm worried about or thinking about at this time," Anthony said when asked about the possibility of being traded. "If something is going to happen, it's going to happen. I haven't heard anything as of right now, so that's not something that I'm concerned about."

Perhaps half-jokingly, Anthony said he hopes to be napping at 3 p.m. ET Thursday, when the deadline passes. The Knicks will play the Cleveland Cavaliers five hours later.

"I haven't seen anything other than what's on social media," the All-Star forward said. "Other than that, nobody has reached out to me, nobody has called me, nobody has called my team. That's why I'm not too concerned about it."

The Knicks reportedly reached out to at least three teams earlier this month -- the Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers -- to discuss deals involving Anthony, a 13-year veteran. Anthony has a no-trade clause and has said several times recently that he remains loyal to the organization.

Without getting into specifics, Anthony said he believes that Knicks management knows where he stands in regard to his future with the team.

"I think both parties are very much understanding of each other, myself and the front office," he said. "I think they know and understand how I feel and what I'm thinking, and I think I know what they're thinking. ... Those guys understand and know how I'm feeling, what's on my mind and what I would like to see happen."

It is unclear when the Knicks last discussed a potential Anthony deal with another team, though they had discussions with at least one team two weeks ago. Opposing executives on Tuesday believed the Clippers and Celtics hadn't completely closed the door on a possible trade.

Anthony acknowledged that if a deal were presented to him, he'd have to at least consider it.

"I would have to really look at it. But like I said, there's nothing that's come across," he said. "So until something is imminent, something is of some substance, then it's not something that I'm thinking about."

Other Knicks have received interest at the trade deadline. The Minnesota Timberwolves reached out to discuss a potential Derrick Rose trade, per sources.

Discussions between the Knicks and the Timberwolves continued Wednesday, according to a source. It is unclear what Minnesota would offer the Knicks in a potential swap for Rose. According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Timberwolves are motivated to move Ricky Rubio because team president and coach Tom Thibodeau sees rookie Kris Dunn as the franchise's point guard of the future.

Rose, who is a free agent this summer, said Tuesday that he understands that being the subject of trade talks is part of life in the NBA.

"You never know what's going to happen. You've got to be a professional about it," he said. "Whatever it is, I'll be prepared."

Knicks veterans Kyle O'Quinn and Brandon Jenningsalso have received interest from opposing teams, sources say.
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