Knicks ready to move on without Carmelo

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - BRIAN MA­HONEY

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The New York Knicks’ new regime is ready to move on with or without Carmelo An­thony.

New pres­i­dent Steve Mills said Mon­day the Knicks will still look to find a trade that works for the team and An­thony, but that the All-Star for­ward “could eas­ily be a part of our team next year.”

Mills also ruled out a buy­out of An­thony’s con­tract, which has two years and about $54 mil­lion re­main­ing.

Phil Jackson had been ea­ger to deal An­thony be­fore he and the Knicks parted ways last month. Mills was pro­moted to pres­i­dent and the Knicks hired Scott Perry as gen­eral man­ager.

They said the Knicks will fo­cus on youth and ath­leti­cism, which doesn’t seem to leave room for the 33-year-old An­thony. But they added that vet­er­ans will still have a place in men­tor­ing the young tal­ent.

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