On cue, things are beginning to get nasty in New York, but you already knew it would at some point. At the center of the unraveling seems to be Carmelo Anthony. He’s unhappy that the team signed J.R. Smith, he has reportedly told a confidant that he wants to be traded and if that were not to happen the only way he would want to remain a Knick was if Mike D’Antoni were to be fired.
If this news is true or not, it really doesn’t change the fact that a change pretty much has to happen in New York. The question is will it be Melo or D’Antoni? Or maybe even both?
Carmelo Anthony’s discontent with the Knicks organization became so severe after Monday night’s loss to the Bulls, he told a confidant he preferred to be traded before Thursday’s NBA deadline, The Post has learned.
According to a person familiar with his thinking, Anthony’s disillusionment stems most from a belief coach Mike D’Antoni and interim GM Glen Grunwald do not trust him. He is surprised that after all the Knicks gave up to trade for him, he has not been asked for more input on personnel decisions, as Deron Williams has with the Nets.
“The organization makes believe his opinions don’t matter,’’ the source said.
However, Tuesday night, a source said Anthony and D’Antoni spoke in an attempt to reconcile their differences and made headway. On Monday night, Anthony only wanted to remain a Knick if he had assurances D’Antoni wouldn’t be back next season.
However, Anthony will not make a formal trade request.
As The Post reported Tuesday, Anthony was told after the Knicks were swept out of the playoffs by the Celtics last April that D’Antoni would not return for this season.
But now Anthony does not believe a decision on D’Antoni’s future is coming soon because D’Antoni and Grunwald, according to the source, are “like a couple.”