By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Knicks have been quite on the free agent front. But they make be making big news in the future barring any setbacks.
Carmelo Anthony, their star, who has been with the team for a while, has admitted he would waive his no-trade clause to join either the Houston Rockets or the Cleveland Cavaliers. Anthony previously refused to waive it, especially when former president of basketball operations Phil Jackson attempted to trade him.
It was recently discovered that the Knicks attempted to buyout Anthony’s contract. That resulted in owner James Dolan firing Jackson and making Steve Mills the interim general manager.
Trading Anthony is going to be tricky. Since the Rockets and Cavaliers are already over the cap, they would have to make it a matching salary deal to make it work.
The Knicks could deal Anthony to the Cavaliers for Kevin Love, which would work straight-up. However, any deal with the Rockets may be tricky – and they may need to bring in a third party to make everything work.
Anthony has been with the Knicks since being acquired by the Denver Nuggets in February 2011.
If Anthony goes to the Rockets, he’ll join Chris Paul and James Harden. Houston is expected to be a top team in the Western Conference next season, but they won’t have enough as it stands to compete with the San Antonio Spurs or the Golden State Warriors.
With the Cavaliers, he’ll stay in the Eastern Conference — who have been losing many stars to the Western Conference. He’ll also join with LeBron James, his friend and fellow 2003 NBA Draft classmate.
Anthony could be the final piece for the Cavaliers to get past the Warriors again.
Anthony is due to make $26 million this upcoming season.
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