Carmelo Anthony addresses newest New York Knicks trade rumors

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Yet another dismal New York Knicks season drew to a close on Wednesday night as the Knicks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 114-113 in a game that would have been more exciting had something meaningful been on the line.

There was something of note in the game, though, in that it may have been star forward Carmelo Anthony's final game in a Knicks uniform.

Melo, who scored 17 points in 23 minutes of court time, has been the subject of trade rumors for the past couple of seasons and now it seems the Knicks might finally pull the trigger on a rebuilding process.

Following Wednesday night's victory, Anthony told ESPN.com that he understands there's a possibility he could be traded before the start of the 2017-18 regular season:

"They might," he said after the season finale. "They might."

Anthony has a full no-trade clause, so the Knicks will have to find a suitor that he actually wants to play for - perhaps the Los Angeles Clippers, where he'd be able to team up with his close friend Chris Paul.

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However, despite all the ups and downs, Melo legitimately enjoys playing in New York and said he'd be happy to return if he believes the team can compete for a playoff spot next year:

"There was a point in time when I didn't think I would be back here," he said. "If everybody's committed to [winning], I'm committed to that too. I want to win, and hopefully everybody else has that same type of mindset."

The Knicks will almost certainly cut ties with free-agent point guard Derrick Rose this season after his one year in New York. Star center Kristaps Porzingis is likely the Knicks' best chance at a promising future, so finding players who can bring out the best in him will likely be the team's biggest focus this offseason.

If Wednesday night was Anthony's final game in a Knicks uniform, though, it was a good one. Melo didn't take the court during the fourth quarter against the 76ers, but fans at Madison Square Garden were chanting "We want Melo!" as he sat on the bench.

Anthony said he loved hearing that from the New York faithful after a rocky season that saw him receive boos at MSG at times:

"It felt good. It's been a while," said Anthony. "It's been a while to sit there and hear that."

Melo ended his seventh season in New York averaging 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per night for the 31-51 Knicks.

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