Your Ball: What should Knicks do about Carmelo?

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is reportedly now open to being traded to one of several teams.

When it comes to Carmelo Anthony, all we ever hear about is the Houston Rockets, and to a lesser degree, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

But what about the New York Knicks?

Remember them? They’re the team for which Anthony currently plays. Anthony, 33, has spent the past six seasons in New York after coming over in a 2011 trade with the Denver Nuggets.

Back then, Anthony was saying he was looking forward to coming back “home.” Nowadays, Anthony seems more quick to remind everyone that he’s actually from Baltimore.

Anyway, the Knicks are in a bit of a pickle here. Anthony says he doesn’t want to play for them. And the Knicks don’t really want him on the roster.

But he has a no-trade clause in his contract, and the only place he’s apparently willing to go is Houston to pair with Chris Paul and James Harden.

Unfortunately for Anthony, and unfortunately for the Knicks, extensive trade scenarios with the Rockets have fallen flat. Same goes for talks with the Cavs.

Now, talks have been off for at least two weeks, with no plans to revisit them in sight.

So, if you’re the Knicks, what do you do? Do you try calling the Rockets again? The Cavs? Or do you tell Anthony if he wants to get out of New York, he will have to add to his wish list of destinations?

Or perhaps you do nothing, and just keep Anthony on the team. That would be weird.

Or perhaps you do nothing, and just offer him a buyout. That would be expensive. Then again, Knicks owner James Dolan can afford it — and just think of all the salary-cap space it would create. It would be enough to help the Knicks quickly become the young and exciting team they hope to be, and the headaches that surround the Anthony situation would be gone.

So … what do you do if you’re the Knicks?

Let us know what you think, and what your approach would be, in the comments section below. We don’t always have the time to respond, but we do read every last one. Looking forward to read what you have to say about Carmelo, the Knicks and the NBA!

13 Comments on "Your Ball: What should Knicks do about Carmelo?"

  1. Just like the Kyrie situation, the Knicks new GM is faced with a tough decision. Personally, I would tell him either he expands the list of teams he would wave his no trade clause or plan to report to camp if the Rockets do not figure out a trade that is acceptable to us.

    A buyout would be the final option if they deem he should not be around the rest of the team. That would have to be in the favor of the team. Maybe $15 mil in order to save money off the teams bottom line and tax implications.

  2. Tim Davisson | August 3, 2017 at 4:14 pm |

    What’s your hunch, Sam: how long will this Kyrie thing hang in the air with nothing going on? Will he be traded, or start the season on the Cavs roster. Just an educated guess.

    • Hey Tim. My hunch is that he will be traded to Phoenix. And I believe it will be a great deal for the Cavs. I think Frye will go with him to the Suns. The Cavs will get Eric Bledsoe, Marquiss Criss, TJ Warren and a first round pick. Then they will trade Iman Shumpert for a solid veteran big. I don’t think they want Josh Jackson without either Warren or Criss. My fear is Jackson would come to Cleveland and rot on bench as a rookie. But we shall see! I think another team that no one is mentioning could sneak in as well!

  3. KB The Real GM | August 3, 2017 at 4:56 pm |

    Lets be real the Knicks are not contending with with him or without him. SO they need flexibility and assets. Get as many teams involved in this deal, whoever takes him has to take another bad contract off your hands. As Knicks GM, you want expiring contracts and a first round draft pick. Build through draft, once you are ready to add some veteran help you can do it through free agency or draft..

    • Great thoughts. Ultimately, I feel this is the type of deal the Knicks will need to make: Multiple teams, with a couple of bad contracts thrown in there to make everything work. Appreciate the comments! – Sam

  4. Will the cavs swap pg with Portland

  5. 3-team trade:

    Knicks: Irving plus Jefferson & Frye’s expiring contracts ($27.9 million towards salary cap).

    Suns: Nitilikana & Shump ($16.2 million towards salary cap).

    Cavs: Bledsoe and Anthony ($40.4 million towards salary cap).

    Some other pieces like Osman, Felder, or Tavares may need to be moved to make the cap numbers work.

  6. Sam, the more I think about it the more I’m convinced that none of the Knicks, Rockets or Cavs are going to be able to secure the deals they ultimately want. I don’t think either of the Rockets or Cavs have the pieces the Knicks want, ( outside of Kyrie that is ), which is expiring contracts allowing the Knicks to build salary cap space. The Rockets, but more so the Cavs in particular, have many pieces on unflattering and unattractive salaried longer term contracts which wont allow the Knicks to create the room they want.

    As far as the Cavs and the reported bounty they are seeking for Kyrie goes, the Suns don’t appear willing to give up the asking price, though when it comes down to it, I fear as well as you, that they younger pieces the Cavs are seeking will get buried on the Cavs roster come playoffs and Finals time so the Cavs seeking those younger pieces kind of doesn’t make any sense at this point. For me the Cavs best option is to remain relevant and in ” win now ” mode for the next two seasons then blow it all up. The Rockets wont like it, but Id be going all in on landing Melo in Cleveland for the remaining two years of his contract.

    Knicks – Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, TJ Warren
    Suns – Iman Schumpert, Channing Frye, Frank Nitilikana
    Cavs – Carmelo Anthony, Kyle Quinn, Eric Blesoe

    This gives everyone want they want for the most part. The Knicks get younger and rid themselves of the ” Melo Problem “. While adding Kyrie to pair with Kristaps and Willy Hernangomez. The Suns add another young player to what they have been building in recent seasons, add some experienced players to guide their young players and get rid of one of their problem PG’s who has been on the trade table in recent seasons. The Cavs get to add a couple of LeBron’s friends in Melo and Bledsoe, added a quality defending big man in Quinn, they remain in win now mode for another two seasons, and they have off loaded a couple of their unflattering contracts now in preparation for blowing it all up in two years time, when Melo, Bledsoe and Quinn all come out of contract and the likes of Love, JR and Korver will all have one season left of their deals.

  7. Wayne Smith | August 4, 2017 at 9:42 am |

    Knicks have to accept that the biggest asset they’ll get is cap space. They should have just finished the trade they had in place already. The trade they told Anthony they were going to do. The only leverage they have is force him to return, which legally they have the right to, but it would be a PR disaster and no benefit to the knicks. All this talk about benching him to punish him for not using his NTC the way they want him to is ridiculous. Not a good look at all. Remember Melo didn’t start this. Phil publicly wanted to trade him last year, and nobody from the knicks publicly defended Melo. Now he’s ready to leave, his heart is no longer with the knicks. At this point knicks only prolonging the inevitable.

  8. Try for a trade but dont get walked over.
    If he is so inflexible then keep him and sit him at the end of the bench and/or as far from the team as possible.
    Knicks get a decent draft pick and Melo opts out of his final year because he needs to get playing time for his next contract.
    It could backfire if he opts in even after riding the pine but can he really afford two years of nothing on the back end of his career

    • Wayne Smith | August 4, 2017 at 10:28 am |

      If Melo didn’t have a NTC, who knows where Phil would have traded him last year. Best believe it would have been where it benefited the knicks the most, not Melo. None of his interests like basketball future, location, chance to play for a winning team, ect would have mattered. Knicks simply would have wanted what’s best for them. So, I don’t see any problem with Melo looking out for what’s best for him. He’s not going somewhere he doesn’t want to be strictly for the benefit of the Knicks.

  9. Wayne Smith | August 4, 2017 at 10:58 am |

    Knicks have to own their part in the deterioration of this relationship. Carmelo played for them for 6 years. And in this time knicks failed to add players needed to at least contend. There isn’t a star in the NBA that could have led those teams to contention. And let’s not even start with the decision to bring in big chief triangle. Bottom line knicks wouldn’t be in this situation if they would have done a better job in the last 6 years. The relationship has soured, and now they’re in the lottery and rebuilding. Melo in NY doesn’t make sense for him or the Knicks anymore. They are not going to be able to cash in on his departure. They should just let him go. They’ll probably end up with the no.1 pick in the draft next year, and a ton of cap space next summer. Knicks should just move on with their franchise and let Melo move on with the rest of his career.

  10. I think st this point in time, it is in the BEST interest of the Knicks to get rid of him regardless of the return on investment on any trade. His trade value is already low based on what happened with Phil and management, and it’s getting lower with each day that passes that Carmelo stats a Knick. If you New York, you may not get a lot for him, but the organization can truly move on and develop a great supporting cast to keep porzingis. If your NY, do you really want Melo to be in Anthony’s ear and perhaps persade him to see more of this dump that is called Knick’s Front Office?

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