NBA: Carmelo Anthony trade talks starts again, push for Knicks to build around Kristaps Porzingis

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The New York Knicks are out of control at the moment as they continue their freefall in the Eastern Conference Standings. At the center of it is Carmelo Anthony, who is getting into a lot of trade talks and rumors at the moment.

Knicks blow lead, lose to Sixers

The Knicks were up by 10 points with about two minutes remaining, but the Sixers managed to come back and beat them, 99-98. T.J. McConnell hit the game-winning, buzzer-beating shot the deflated the Knicks and Carmelo Anthony, per ESPN.

New York is currently 11th in the Eastern Conference standings. They have now lost nine out of their last ten games. The Knicks are in danger of missing the playoffs once again, despite all the moves they made in the offseason.

Should the Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony?

According to Patrick Britton of The Score, the Knicks should trade Carmelo Anthony and give the reigns to Kristaps Porzingis. He pointed out that Melo’s huge contract will not be a hindrance since the rising salary cap makes it more “digestible.”

“Melo hasn’t exactly shown he’s capable of accepting a secondary role on a winning team, he remains one of the game’s best one-on-one scorers, and will undoubtedly net a sizable return in any deal,” Britton wrote.

“Also, thanks to the league’s rising salary cap, Melo’s contract actually looks a lot more digestible than it did two years ago, so the Knicks may not even need to take on a bad contract to get a deal done,” he added.

Will Carmelo Anthony waive his no-trade clause?

Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract, but he’ll likely waive it if he’s going to a contender, especially if it’s in Cleveland with LeBron James or Clippers with Chris Paul. The Chicago Bulls are also an option because of Dwyane Wade, but Wade believes Melo will not waive his no-trade clause.

“He loves it here. He loves being here. His family loves it here. And he wants to win here. He’s going to be here as long as they want him here — win, lose or draw,” Wade told the New York Daily News during the Bulls’ preparation for the game against the Knicks in New York.

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