According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, the Knicks are hopeful they can trade star forward Carmelo Anthony.
The odds of a Carmelo Anthony trade seem less and less likely as the days go by, and Anthony tries to force the Knicks’ hand with a buyout. However, don’t try and tell New York that.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, the team is telling people around the league they’re “hopeful” they can deal their superstar scorer.
Members of the Knicks organization have told people around the league that, at this point, they remain hopeful that they can trade Anthony. The Knicks and Rockets touched base last month on an Anthony deal but the Knicks were not interested in Ryan Anderson, per league sources.
New York remaining hopeful about a trade is a good thing. They shouldn’t let Anthony dictate the terms of his departure with a buyout. He already has all the power via the no-trade clause Phil Jackson gave him.
The same Phil Jackson that Anthony just won a power struggle with to keep control of his future. The question remains, however, as to who would want Anthony at this point. If the Celtics miss on Gordon Hayward, they could be an option.
The Rockets trade has been floating out there since Houston obtained Anthony’s friend, Chris Paul. A trade for Ryan Anderson garnered criticism on social media from fans, but the truth is that New York isn’t likely to do much better in any return.