An NBA general manager who is not affiliated with the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers told Amico Hoops on Monday he thinks the Cavs “have the inside track” for Carmelo Anthony.
Amico Hoops spoke via text with the GM, who is attending the NBA summer league this week in Las Vegas.
“I think (Cleveland is) where he wants to be most, because it’s a guaranteed trip to the Finals,” the GM said. “Houston and New York aren’t.”
When told of an earlier report that Anthony is “confident” the Knicks can work out a trade with the Rockets, the GM replied with a laughing emoji.
“It doesn’t matter what Carmelo feels confident about, because he’s not the one making the deals,” the GM said.
He later added, “He’s confident in a Knicks front office that can’t ever get out of its own way? OK.”
The GM also said he thinks Rockets GM Daryl Morey “is a smart guy and a hard worker,” and that the Cavs will “need to get busy” if they hope to get Anthony first. “Morey got (Chris) Paul and (James) Harden, he can figure out how to get Carmelo, too.”
Finally, the GM said he doesn’t think the Cavs’ lack of a top basketball executive will hurt them in trade talks with the Knicks.
“They have people who are smart enough to dial a phone, right? You pick it up, you call the Knicks, and you start proposing trades,” he said. “It’s not brain surgery.”
Here’s more out of Cleveland:
- The GM said he would not surrender Kevin Love for Anthony. “That wouldn’t help you. You’ll probably need both to beat (the Warriors), unless the Cavs can do something about that awful bench. If they can they don’t need Melo.”
- The Cavs officially announced the signing of veteran point guard Jose Calderon on Monday. Calderon, 36, is expected to serve as Kyrie Irving’s primary backup. The Cavs could bring back second-year man Kay Felder to compete for minutes, or go with another more experienced player. Also, point guards Brandon Paul and Sam Cassell Jr. have caught the team’s attention in summer league.
- Former second-round draft pick Sir’Dominic Pointer has done a nice job defensively on the wing in Las Vegas. Along with some of other young names, he could be given another invite to training camp. Canton Charge GM Mike Gansey is primarily overseeing the summer roster, with Cavs assistant GM Koby Altman and owner Dan Gilbert handling trade calls.
- Gilbert was spotted sitting with Rich Paul during the Cavs’ summer win over Golden State on Monday. Paul, of course, is the agent for Cavs star LeBron James, as well as Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith.