It turns out the Cavs weren’t the only team the Knicks targeted for a Melo trade. The Knicks are also trying to engage the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics to deal Carmelo Anthony before the February 23 trade deadline.
According to The Vertical, Knicks president Phil Jackson is determined to get rid of Anthony and start to rebuild around Kristaps Porzingis. A potential trade would relieve the Knicks of the 2.5 years remaining on Melo’s contract, which totals $78.6 million and runs through the 2018-2019 season.
Unconfirmed sources claim Anthony would consider playing for the Clippers, where he could be paired with close friend Chris Paul. Boston remains an intriguing option for the Knicks if they can get the Celtics’ 1st round pick, which was acquired from Boston several years ago during the trades for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
As of yesterday, Anthony has stated the Knicks front office has not contacted him regarding any trade talks.
I loathe the thought of having to hear about this drama for the rest of the season. Unfortunately, it appears this is our new reality as Knick fans. Melo got the no-trade clause for a reason and every indication seems to be he wants to stick it out here. He always dreamed of playing here and he hedging his bets on outlasting Phil. Griffin is a very good player, but I’d rather have Boston’s 1st rounder to get one of the promising PGs in the upcoming draft.
Like I said yesterday, we’re long shots to get either the Clippers or Boston to bite on this trade. Melo’s a more versatile scorer than Griffin, but he’s also five years older and one more significant injury away from being washed. And Boston likely gets a Top 3 pick this year and potentially a young star to join their strong core over an aging great player that won’t be enough to get them past Cleveland nor Toronto.
The “Melo-Drama” is just beginning. Thanks, Phil.