Soon, perhaps, the Knicks will offer Anthony to your favorite team!
“Knicks President Phil Jackson is determined to find a destination and deal that Anthony would agree to accept before the Feb. 23 NBA trade deadline,” league sources told Woj and Mannix. “Jackson is determined to rid the roster of Anthony and his contract, and start rebuilding around Kristaps Porzingis.”
Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract, so he’d have to agree to any deal, but sources told the Vertical scribes that the Clippers would interest him because of his friendship with Chris Paul and the fact that he owns a home in Los Angeles.
Frank Isola, meanwhile, says the deal being discussed by the Knicks and Clippers does not involve Los Angeles sending Paul (obviously), Blake Griffin or DeAndre Jordan to New York, and Griffin can’t be dealt to the Knicks, anyway: Under the collective bargaining agreement, teams can’t have two Designated Rookie Max extensions who were acquired via trade on their rosters, and New York already has Derrick Rose. Instead, any deal with the Clippers would involve some combination of Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick or Austin Rivers.
Anthony is making $24.6 million this year and will make $54 million over the final two years of his contract, though he has a player option for 2018-19. The Clippers would have to shed about $27 million in salary to acquire Anthony, Isola says.
“If they want to go in a different direction, that’s something I have to consider,” Anthony said Wednesday. “I think I would have to consider that. All the talk that’s going on, that’s out of my control. Nobody contacted me, nobody contacted my representation or anything like that. So it’s something that I’m not worried about.”
Isola has an alternate way this all could possibly play out.
Carmelo should start calling around to see if there is any interest in Phil.— Frank Isola (@TheFrankIsola) January 25, 2017