The New York Knicks are exploring all their options when it comes to Carmelo Anthony.
Adrian Wojnarowski and Chris Mannix of The Vertical report Knicks President Phil Jackson has reached out to the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Los Angeles Clippers to see if they’d be interested in acquiring the Knicks star.
“Knicks president Phil Jackson is determined to find a destination and deal that Anthony would agree to accept before the Feb. 23 NBA trade deadline, league sources said.”
The Knicks appear to be pushing Melo out the door. Earlier this month, reports suggested Melo would waive his no-trade clause for a deal to the Clippers or Cavaliers – both of which would be hard to make happen. New York reportedly tried to deal Anthony in a one-for-one deal with Kevin Love but was shot down by Cleveland. Anthony has $54 million remaining on his deal past this season and has shown a sharp decline in efficiency with the struggling Knicks. He’s still a pro scorer, but at that cost, Anthony won’t be easy to move.
There’s also the matter of facilitating a deal. Would the Celtics, Clippers, or Cavs take on such a big contract while risking continuity to add Anthony? It would be a bold move.
Wojnarowski and Mannix report the Knicks want to start a rebuild with Kristaps Porzingis as the centerpiece of the franchise. Trading Anthony (plus Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah) would certainly help that cause. But Jackson’s dug himself into the mess with bad contracts, no-trade-clauses, and a general laziness as Knicks president. It will be difficult for him to get out of it.