Despite the influx of new talent over the offseason, the New York Knicks season has been massively disappointing thus far.
Their record sits at 18-23, well out of the playoff picture. The season has been riddled with drama and now, it looks like star player Carmelo Anthony’s time with the Knicks may be coming to an end.
Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract, meaning he can only be traded if he approves it, but rumor has it that the long-time Knick would consider waiving the clause for two teams, and two teams only: the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Clippers.
He’s four months away from his 33rd birthday, his contract is humongous and contains a no-trade clause. It’s understood that he’d only accept being dealt to the Cavaliers or the Clippers.
— Charley Rosen via Fan Rag Sports
Rosen is viewed as a close member of Knicks executive Phil Jackson’s circle. Many feel that any rumors delivered through Rosen are coming straight from Jackson himself.
Anthony addressed the rumors to the media today:
If that’s the case than 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,” said Anthony.
“When a reporter told Anthony about the increasing speculation among fans and media that he would waive his no-trade clause, Anthony replied: “They want me out?”
“I’ve never even thought about that,” he added. “I guess people are talking about it but it’s not something I’ve thought about so far.”
Anthony pretty passionately denies that he has considered waiving his no-trade clause, but he also goes with the classic line “I haven’t thought about it,” which isn’t actually saying “I wouldn’t do it.”
Either way, it is pretty hard to imagine that Anthony wouldn’t be willing to waive his no-trade clause to go play with the Clippers or the Cavaliers.
He would leave a miserable Knicks situation to go play with one of his best friends in the league and have the chance to contend for a championship.
The much more pressing question is what the receiving teams would have to give up, and whether they would be willing. For the Cavs, I don’t see a deal that makes sense. But the Clippers may be able to build a deal with the oft-injured Blake Griffin.