Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks could part ways this season but the nine-time NBA All-Star is only willing to waive his no-trade clause for two teams – the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Clippers. The latest reports claimed the possibility of a reunion between Anthony and Chris Paul in Los Angeles.
The Knicks continue to struggle in the 2016-17 NBA season despite successfully upgrading their roster last summer. They are 18-24 in the 11th spot in the Eastern Conference. As the season goes, Anthony’s relationship with the Knicks started to get complicated.
President Phil Jackson gave Carmelo Anthony the best supporting cast to win his first NBA championship title this season. Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, and Brandon Jennings now plays for the Knicks and some people considered them as a “Super Team”. Unfortunately, they failed to live up to expectations.
Anthony took the blame every time the Knicks lost. In the past months, there is an increasing speculation among fans and media that he would waive his no-trade clause. Anthony spoke about the rumors and said that he’s willing to negotiate if Jackson already wants him out of New York.
“If that’s the case, then that’s what’s coming from that side, I guess it’s a conversation we should have. If they feel like my time in New York is over I guess that’s a conversation we should have,” Anthony said to NY Daily News.
Charley Rosen of FanRag Sports revealed that Anthony is willing to waive his no-trade clause for only two teams. The 32-year-old small forward wants reunion with either LeBron James in Cleveland or Chris Paul in Los Angeles. Between his two options, a trade to the Clippers makes more sense since they need an upgrade at 3.
HOW DOES A CARMELO-ANTHONY-TO-CLIPPERS TRADE LOOKS LIKE
Bills Simmons, who refers to himself as the Picasso of NBA Trade Machine, came up with an idea in which he believes would be a great way to deal Carmelo Anthony. In a suggested trade scenario, the Knicks will be engaging in a three-team trade with the Clippers and the Lakers.
The proposed deal will help the Knicks in rebuilding their roster, surrounding Kristaps Porzingis with promising talents. Anthony will finally reunite with Chris Paul, who’s also desperate to win his first NBA championship title. Meanwhile, the Lakers will finally be having a superstar on their team to fill the spot left by Kobe Bryant.
However, the trade seems unlikely to happen since the Lakers revealed that they’ve no plan in breaking their young core. Though Blake Griffin is set to become a free agent next summer, he already expressed his intention to re-sign with the Clippers. If the Clippers could get Anthony without sacrificing Griffin, they will have a higher chance of contending for the title this season.
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