New York Knicks still hoping to trade Carmelo Anthony
The New York Knicks are in a tough situation. The organization has been in disarray for a long time, with questionable managerial decisions and many off-court issues plaguing the team for years now. One of that ongoing issues is the question of forward Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony joined the Knicks in a blockbuster trade in 2011. However, he has just made the Playoffs three times as a Knick, going past the first round only once. The Knicks want to go in another direction, and trading Anthony away might give them more assets to kick-start their rebuild.
It was suspected that only former team president Phil Jackson was in favor of trading Carmelo away. However, Ian Bergley from ESPN reports that the Knicks, even after firing Jackson, are still hopeful to trade Anthony. The issue with that scenario is that, per Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN, Anthony will only waive his no-trade clause if the trade is taking him to Houston or Cleveland.
Members of the organization remain hopeful they can find a trade for Anthony that makes sense for all parties (Anthony, who has a no-trade clause, has made it known that he’d waive it for a trade to Houston or Cleveland, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski).
With that no-trade clause, and with limited cap space that these organizations have, it is unlikely that Anthony will be traded. There were reports saying that the Rockets were offering forward Ryan Anderson, and other reports stating that the Cavaliers are preparing a package for Anthony, but nothing concrete has happened yet.