Marc Berman of The New York Post reports it will still be tough to move New York Knicks‘ Carmelo Anthony to the Cavs post-Kyrie Irving trade.
The shock is still wearing off over the Eastern Conference’s two top teams swapping point guards. In case you’re living under a rock, the Cavs swapped Kyrie Irving with the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas. New York Knicks fans are left wondering, where does this leave them with Carmelo Anthony?
According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, pulling off a deal Carmelo deal with Cleveland will still be “tough.” Apparently, the salary cap numbers will make it difficult. That makes sense. The ten-time All-Star has a cap hit of over $26 million for the upcoming season.
The Cavs acquired Jae Crowder in the Irving Deal, a rumored Knicks target with Boston for Melo, making a potential deal there seem possible. There’s also the option that Cleveland likes where it currently stands. Without Anthony. He’d need to waive his no-trade clause anyway; which he still has given no indication he wants to do.
You’d think a blockbuster trade of this magnitude would have some impact on what the Knicks can do with Melo, but it doesn’t look that way. Ultimately it’s still his call. If they couldn’t convince him to play with LeBron James before, how will they be able to do it now?
Hughes worked as a scout for the Knicks from 2007-11 before being promoted to Director of Player Personnel.
He was an assistant coach in Orlando under Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.