The Carmelo Anthony saga isn’t over yet. The trade deadline might have already passed, but Frank Isola of New York Daily News is hearing that several teams will once again try to snatch the All-Star forward in the offseason.
According to Isola, Anthony remains an intriguing trade target for these teams, despite the fact that he has the final say whether he wants to be traded or not.
Days ahead of the Feb. 18 trade deadline, multiple sources reported a three-team blockbuster was in the offing with Anthony going to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kevin Love to the Boston Celtics and several first-round picks to the Knicks.
The deal collapsed and many assumed Anthony, using his no-trade clause, never allowed it to happen in the first place – something the Knicks star vehemently denied.
“Several teams are expected to explore the possibility of acquiring Anthony this summer but that list of teams will be relatively small because Anthony has final approval over any trade.”
“Anthony would prefer to remain in New York but that could change if the Knicks season continues its downward trend and if Anthony sees little hope for the future,” according to Isola.
With the Knicks on the verge of missing the playoffs for third consecutive season, there’s a possibility Anthony might soften his stance in staying put with the Knicks. So which are the teams making a run at Anthony one more time? Not that many, but these teams have the assets to make this deal done.
The Cavaliers, of course, could revive their interest in pairing Anthony with his buddy LeBron, especially if Love continues to be a non-factor in the postseason. Then, there’s the assets-rich Celtics and the Chicago Bulls, who could explore trading either Jimmy Butler or Derrick Rose for the high-scoring winger.
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