Trade rumors have been flying around New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony for weeks, but it looks like things are getting serious.
The Los Angeles Clippers are one of the two teams Anthony is reportedly willing to waive his trade clause for, and Los Angeles and New York are now getting close to locking down the specifics of a deal.
The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers are searching for third-team facilitators to keep alive the prospect of completing a Carmelo Anthony trade, according to league sources.
“Sources told ESPN.com that the Knicks continue to discuss the prospect of sending Anthony to Los Angeles without taking back any of the Clippers’ top three stars but have struggled to find a trade construction that works for both teams involving the other players on L.A.’s roster.”
News came out yesterday that the Knicks were interested in a package built around one or two of Clippers guards Jamal Crawford, J.J. Reddick, and Austin Rivers. But apparently the teams are having a hard time finding a deal that works, so they are looking for a third team to get involved.
The problem is reportedly that the Clippers front office is reluctant to give up two of the three guards the Knicks have expressed interested in given that their star point guard Chris Paul is currently sidelined with a thumb injury.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers did express earlier today that he would have no hesitation trading his son Austin in the right deal. But the team would gave to part ways with multiple guards in order to make the salaries match in the trade, which is likely where a third team will come into play.