The New York Knicks plan to take part in talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder in an effort to trade star forward Carmelo Anthony before training camp starts Tuesday, according to a report from NBA.com.
ESPN added Anthony is also “expressing an urgency” to part ways with the Knicks this weekend.
Anthony, 33, has reportedly told the Knicks he will waive the no-trade clause in his contract for both the Cavs and Thunder. He previously had indicated he would only accept a deal to the Houston Rockets.
“A deal with Oklahoma City would almost certainly center around center Enes Kanter, the 25-year-old center who has established himself as one of the better scoring big men in the league, something New York would need in return if Anthony were traded,” NBA.com reported. “Kanter averaged 14.3 points in just more than 21 minutes per game in OKC last season.”
Talks with the Cavs would likely start with shooting guard Iman Shumpert and rookie swingman Cedi Osman, sources told Amico Hoops early Saturday.
“The Cavaliers were interested in an Anthony deal earlier in the summer, but talk around them had cooled in recent weeks,” NBA.com wrote. “The Knicks were not interested in taking back Kevin Love as a potential centerpiece in a deal, and the Cavaliers were not willing to put center Tristan Thompson — someone New York would want — in trade discussions.”
The Knicks are not expected to revisit talks with the Rockets this weekend, sources said.