New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers seeking third-team for Carmelo Anthony trade (Report)
Jan 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures after a three point basket during the first quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers reportedly haven’t given up on a Carmelo Anthony trade they’re just looking for a third team.

All indications are that Phil Jackson seems intent on getting rid of Carmelo Anthony. No matter what it takes and no matter the return.

The latest development (per Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of ESPN) is that the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers are looking for a third team to make a trade for Anthony work.

When reports emerged that the Clippers wouldn’t trade DeAndre Jordan and couldn’t trade Blake Griffin under a new rule in the CBA, it seemed like any deal between the two sides was off. We learned Thursday that wasn’t the case.

The Knicks are so desperate to move Anthony they’d practically give him away to the Clippers. The best offer from Clippers coach and president Doc Rivers would be built around his son Austin. Former Knick Jamal Crawford and small forward Wesley Johnson were reportedly involved.

Per ESPN, the Knicks are still working to try and get a potential deal done with Cleveland after being shut down on a Kevin Love swap. Although it’s hard to imagine them having anything else they’d be willing to part with that New York should accept.

When ESPN reported Friday that the Celtics had no interest in a trade for Anthony it seemed like the Clippers were the only team left. If Jackson really is set on getting rid of his best player than a lame deal with the Clippers could be his only option.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.