The New York Knicks are planning to ask Carmelo Anthony to expand the wish list of teams that he waive his no-trade clause for, according to a report from the New York Post.
According to the Post, potential trades with the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers have hit roadblocks — and considering Anthony appears to have little desire to return to New York, the Knicks are hopeful he may consider different cities.
The Portland Trail Blazers could be one such team. Per ESPN, the Blazers have a strong interest in placing the 33-year old Anthony next to younger standouts Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.
With younger assets to offer the Knicks in return, the Blazers could overtake the Rockets as the frontrunners for Anthony. But much of that, of course, relies on Anthony waiving the no-trade clause.
Working against the Knicks may be the fact teams such as the Blazers don’t have some of Anthony’s closest friends on the roster — unlike the Rockets (Chris Paul) and Cavaliers (LeBron James).
Still, it appears the Knicks plan to see just how badly Anthony wants to leave town before making their next move, or trade discussion.
Here’s more out of New York:
- The Knicks are holding an afternoon press conference to introduce new general manager Scott Perry, who arrives after just a few months with the Sacramento Kings. Perry will work under Steve Mills, the recently assigned team president. The press conference is scheduled to tip off at 2 p.m. EST.
- Marc Berman of the Post writes there are four pressing questions facing the Knicks, beginning with wondering where former president Phil Jackson went wrong. After that, Berman writes, the biggest surround Anthony’s future with the team, how the organization plans to make amends with Kristaps Porzingis, how Perry’s role will be defined, and if the contracts for Tim Hardaway Jr. and Ron Baker were “fiscally prudent.”
- Regardless of those answers, it’s time for the Knicks and Anthony to end their disappointing run together, writes Mike Lupica of Newsday.