Carmelo Anthony expressed his intention to stay in New York despite reports claiming that he’s waiving his no-trade clause. However, the nine-time NBA All-Star also stated he’d consider leaving the Knicks if it’s what the front office desired. According to the latest NBA rumors, Anthony will be heading to the Boston Celtics to form a “Big Three” with Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford.
Anthony’s future with the Knicks remains uncertain as they continue to struggle in the 2016-17 NBA season. After a successful rebuild, the Knicks’ “Super Team” failed to live up to expectations and projected to suffer another disappointing season. Some people believe that the Knicks should press the button for a full-scale rebuild, starting by trading their veterans.
Charley Rosen of FanRag Sports reported Anthony is willing to soften his no-trade clause. The Knicks star met with president Phil Jackson, reassuring him that he wants to stay in New York. However, in a recent interview, Anthony said that he would consider a trade if the Knicks what to rebuild the team.
“I have the power, but still I would talk to them,” Anthony said. “We would be in communication if they feel like they want to go in a different direction, they want to start rebuilding for the future. If they tell me they want to scrap this whole thing, yeah, I have to consider it.”
Carmelo Anthony a great fit in Boston
The Clippers and the Cavaliers wouldn’t be ideal trade partners for the Knicks. They don’t have enough assets the Knicks need to rebuild their roster. Marc Berman of New York Post sees the Boston Celtics as an ideal trade destination for Carmelo Anthony.
“The Celtics, whom the Knicks face Wednesday, would make the ideal fit if Anthony forgoes his bad feelings toward the franchise. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has long desired one more star scorer, who he thinks could put them over the top,” Berman said.
The Celtics have a plethora of trade assets, including the two first-round picks from the Brooklyn nets. Unfortunately, they aren’t willing to part ways with those picks. Berman notes that the Celtics are willing to trade less-desirable 2018 first-round pick, Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson, and Jonas Jerebko.
If the trade proceeds, Anthony forms Boston’s “Big Three” with Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford. The deal helps them in dominating the Eastern Conference this season. Jackson is a huge fan of Crowder, making the trade more possible before the February deadline.
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