Carmelo Anthony has granted the New York Knicks their wish and expanded his own wish-list — and will now accept a trade to teams other than just the Houston Rockets, according to a report from ESPN.
One of those teams is the three-time defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers, the report added.
Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract — meaning he can determine his next destination, or simply stay in New York. Previously, he would only accept a trade to Houston.
“After the Knicks insisted that they were unable to make a deal with the Houston Rockets, his primary trade destination, Anthony and his representatives honored New York’s request and furnished at least two more teams within the past 10 days,” ESPN wrote.
The Knicks and Cavs “lightly explored” a deal involving Anthony in June, but the sides were never close and talks quickly ended, a league source told Amico Hoops.
The teams have not discussed an Anthony deal recently — but given the latest news, that is likely to change.
League sources have told Amico Hoops the Knicks would have an interest in Cavs guard Iman Shumpert, traded from New York to Cleveland in January 2015.
Other players would need to be involved, but Shumpert has been available all offseason and could be a starting point in potential talks.
Meanwhile, the New York Post, citing a source, reported the Knicks and Rockets were “on the two-yard line” of an Anthony trade early in the summer, but the deal fell apart.
“Carmelo has always been a professional,” Knicks general manager Scott Perry told reporters Friday. “That’s one thing I’ve always respected about him. I think he can set a good example for the young players. He’s been a 10-time All-Star. If he’s back here with the New York Knicks, we expect him to be the professional he’s always exemplified throughout his career and move forward with him.”
Anthony, 33, averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in 74 games last season. He is close with both Cavs forward LeBron James and Rockets point guard Chris Paul.