Carmelo Anthony is open to waiving his no-trade clause for the Rockets or Cavaliers, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. This is interesting news, especially considering that Phil Jackson was at least in part fired as the president of the Knicks for trying to cajole Anthony into waiving his trade veto power. Perhaps Jackson just wasn’t asking nicely enough!
Melo can become a free agent in 2018, and I would find it shocking if either Anthony or the Knicks wanted to re-up for another three or four years. He’s 33 now, and the Knicks are just on a different timeline. It’s in New York’s best interest to let Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina, and other younger players find their footing, and to get something for Melo before he walks anyways.
Does Houston have the right package? They gave up a lot to get Chris Paul, and Woj reports the Knicks don’t want Ryan Anderson (understandably so, given that contract). That makes a two-team trade very difficult.
He can determine where he wants to go. If it’s Oklahoma City, and the Knicks are desperate to make the split from Anthony happen, they could be put in a position where they take little in return just to begin their rebuilding effort.
We’ve seen this happen over and over again this offseason — star players aren’t being traded for much these days. We can’t rule it out happening once again, even if it does seem unlikely.
Yes, the fit makes sense. But Anthony has to want to be there and the Knicks have to find themselves a good deal. If they don’t? That’s fine. They can just hold onto Anthony, and he’ll have to suffer through another season in New York.
The Thunder don’t have the assets to make this move and new Knicks General Manager Scott Perry will want to make his first major move a good one for the organization. It Cheap Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys just isn’t Cheap Qld School Basketball Jerseys likely that this happens without a third team involved, and that’s a difficult thing to do.