Before the February trade deadline, the Los Angeles Clippers emerged as one of the top trade destinations for Carmelo Anthony. Unfortunately, the deal didn’t materialize and the latest report revealed that the New York Knicks rejected the Clippers’ offer for Anthony. Will the Anthony-CP3 reunion happen this summer?
The Clippers are now focused in the upcoming offseason after being eliminated in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. They will be needing to make a tough decision regarding their incoming free agents, including Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and J.J. Redick. Also, the Clippers may consider making a big move this summer to upgrade their roster.
Knicks rejected Clippers’ offer for Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony became the center of trade rumors before the trade deadline. Knicks president Phil Jackson offered Anthony to NBA teams whom he’s willing to waive his no-trade clause. Theses include the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, and the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Anthony-to-Clippers deal appeared to be closed as Jackson was reportedly not demanding any of the “Big Three”. The Clippers reportedly offered some combination of J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, and Austin Rivers in a trade for Anthony. However, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post, the Knicks declined the Clippers’ trade offers for Anthony.
“According to sources, the Clippers were interested in obtaining Anthony before the Feb. 23 trade deadline, but the Knicks turned down all of their offers — none of it making sense for Jackson at the time. More options will spring open this summer, including Redick’s free agency. With the Knicks lacking 3-point prowess, Redick is a 3-point marksman who wasn’t made available in January and February,” Berman wrote.
As most people think, Jackson will make Anthony available on the trade market once again this summer. If the Clippers are serious in adding Anthony on their team, they should make more interesting offer that will convince the Knicks to make a deal.
Will Carmelo Anthony make LA Clippers a better team?
The Clippers have been looking for an upgrade at small forward for years. Carmelo Anthony will undeniably be a great fit for the role playing alongside Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan. If the Anthony-to-Clippers trade happens before the trade deadline, the Clippers could be the one facing the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the West playoffs and not the Utah Jazz.
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