Cavs Notes: GM says Anthony a Cleveland fit

Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks, left, reportedly only wants to play for the Rockets.

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.

13 Comments on "Cavs Notes: GM says Anthony a Cleveland fit"

  1. Sam, do you have any inside knowledge that the Cavs actually have a legitimate offer in place to get Melo?

    • Sam Amico Sam Amico | July 11, 2017 at 1:09 am |

      Hi Asim, I do not. I do know that the Cavs made some proposals, but last I heard, those proposals were all rejected. But trade talks can change in a moment’s time. That is why you keep calling and keep negotiating. Appreciate you taking the time to ask! – Sam

  2. Any news on cavs interest in dedmon? He could be a good rim protector for the cavs and possibly allow them to throw Tristan into a trade for Melo?

    • Sam Amico Sam Amico | July 11, 2017 at 9:31 am |

      Very interesting thoughts, Tammany. Seriously can’t had me thinking. Maybe you should apply for the GM gig. 🙂 – Sam

  3. Sam, I always look forward to your columns. I check your site about 20 times a day. In my opinion, if you didn’t report it it didn’t happen.

    • Sam Amico Sam Amico | July 11, 2017 at 9:26 am |

      Thank you Yaakov. I am glad you take the time to read and follow along. 🙂 – Sam

  4. Martin Reese | July 11, 2017 at 6:33 am |

    I enjoy your reporting, Sam. It always find it to be level-headed. I always look to you for a reality check with all the other negative Cav stories out there that definitely aren’t fair and balanced.

    • Sam Amico Sam Amico | July 11, 2017 at 9:24 am |

      Thank you Martin. I know who you are and appreciate you being a loyal reader. Appreciate the kind words! – Sam

  5. Tim Hargrave | July 11, 2017 at 7:01 am |

    He going to Houston Sam and next year LeBron is coming to Houston sorry about ur luck

    • Sam Amico Sam Amico | July 11, 2017 at 9:16 am |

      Thanks for reading, Tim. Hate to break it to you, but I couldn’t possibly care less who ends up where. – Sam

  6. Sam – quick question. The media narrative has been that HOU will be a good grading partner for NYK. I took a look at Houston’s payroll, and I think the two obvious trades that fit Carmelo’s salary are Ariza and his 7.4 million expiring contract and either Gordon or Anderson. With maybe clint copela thrown in if the Knicks like him. Any picks that HOU throws in will be low first rounders for the next 3 or 4 years. Neither deal gives NYK cap relief to sign young free agents in the next couple of years, Gordon has three years and $40 mill left, and Anderson has 3 years and $60 mill left (if hoopshype is accurate). If NY is tearing it down and going young, it makes more sense to just buy out carmelo than to take on an older player (both about 29) with significant salary for three years. Am I missing something?

  7. The Cavaliers have NOTHING to trade that anyone wants. This includes Love, who the CAvs were shopping after their humiliating defeat in the finals. Lebron is a proven finals flop, and would be 1-7 in the finals if not for a Ray Allen miracle shot and Silver suspending draymond. Take your one little asterisk title and be happy, because LeFlop is leaving again after this season. And another thing, Cleveland is NOT going to the finals next season, they were one game away from being the 3 seed last year and got worse this off season. Amico you need to stop with your preposterous stories. And stop salivating over Melo.

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