After months of rumors and reports, it seems that Carmelo Anthony finally could be traded out of New York. According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Anthony is open to waiving his no-trade clause for a deal to the Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers, though he would apparently rather go to Cleveland to play with LeBron James. Via ESPN:
Carmelo Anthony, a 10-time NBA All-Star, is open to waiving his no-trade clause to join the Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers should those teams create a pathway to a deal with the New York Knicks, league sources told ESPN.
Houston has been proactive in pursuing possible trade scenarios for Anthony lately, although its discussions around the league have yet to gain traction on a deal, league sources told ESPN.
Cleveland has remained a preferred destination for Anthony, because of the presence of LeBron James.
Anthony’s future in New York has been up in the air ever since Phil Jackson publicly stated that the team would be better off without him shortly after their season ended. Even with Jackson now gone, the Knicks still seem open to moving Anthony, though Wojnarowski reports they are looking for a “significant” return, and a buyout is off the table.
What would a trade to either side look like? Wojnarowski reports that Ryan Anderson has been involved from the Rockets, though the Knicks are hesitant to take on his salary, which is unfortunate for the Rockets, as they really wouldn’t be able to make a deal work without Anderson involved.
In discussions with Houston, sources indicated that the Knicks have been reluctant to consider taking on Houston forward Ryan Anderson, who is owed $61.3 million over the next three years.
As for the Cavaliers, the first thing that comes to mind is essentially a straight swap of Anthony for Kevin Love, though there really wouldn’t be much point to that, as it doesn’t do much to improve the Cavaliers’ chances at beating the Warriors. Perhaps they could just decide to switch things up and make a run with Melo instead of Love, but that seems unlikely. As last season’s matchup showed us, the Cavaliers need to add significant talent to do so, not just shuffle their cards around.
Instead they would probably look to build a deal around Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye, which would get them to about $20M, and pretty close to matching the $26M that Anthony makes. From there they could add draft picks and/or expiring contracts to make the money work. Whether the Knicks would be willing to make such a move remains to be seen.