Jimmy Butler expressed his intention to help the Chicago Bulls recruit Carmelo Anthony. The nine-time NBA All-Star has been the center of trade rumors in the past month despite his willingness to stay with the New York Knicks. Will Anthony waive his no-trade clause to team up with Dwyane Wade and Butler?
Knicks president Phil Jackson continues to find Anthony a new home. However, the 32-year-old is only willing to waive his no-trade clause for few teams, including the Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Boston Celtics. As most people think, the Knicks star wants to join a team who’s capable of contending for the title this season.
The Clippers and the Celtics already let the Knicks know they have no interest in acquiring Anthony. Though LeBron James wants his friend to become a Cavalier, Cleveland isn’t willing to trade Kevin Love. Aside from James and CP3, Anthony still has one friend whom he can team up once he decides to leave the Knicks – Dwyane Wade.
Carmelo Anthony to Chicago Bulls
Jimmy Butler is willing to support the Chicago Bulls once they decide to pursue Anthony. If the man from Red Hook, New York City waives his no-trade clause for the Bulls, Butler aims to convince him that he’s not climbing aboard a sinking ship.
“That is half the battle,’’ Butler said when discussing making a player from another team feel welcome. “And I could still do that. I think everybody knows what Carmelo can bring to a team. The dude is a helluva player. But I think that we have some things that we’ve got to worry about here first in the next few weeks [leading into the trade deadline], before we go down that road.’’
Anthony will undeniably strengthen the Bulls’ chance of entering the playoffs this season. He could slide at power forward and give the Bulls another pure scorer. His relationship with Butler and Wade could convince him to waive his no-trade clause and head to Chicago.
“You can talk to [Anthony] and tell him all this, all that, but as far as a trade and all that stuff goes, that’s for the front office because there’s only so much say [the players] can have in a deal like that,’’ Butler said. “There’s not too much I can do in that aspect. But I will say I learned a lot about [Anthony] over the whole Olympic experience, and we’ve kept in touch. I’m very grateful for the friendship we’ve built, and it will continue to grow.’’
According to Joe Cowley of Chicago Sun-Times, the Bulls could send Rajon Rondo, Taj Gibson, and a first-round pick to the Knicks to acquire Anthony. As of now, there is no strong indication that a deal between the Bulls-Knicks will happen again. However, as the February 23 deadline approaches, expect more trade rumors to circulate around the league.