NBA New York Knicks Trade Rumors: The Curious Case of Carmelo Anthony

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 07/18/17 09:37PM EDT

Carmelo Anthony's dream of playing alongside either LeBron James or Chris Paul this coming season is still far from fruition. In fact, this scenario may not happen at all, at least for the 2017-18 NBA season.

No to Contract Buyout

At the introduction of New York Knicks new general manager Scott Perry's press conference, team president Steve Mills specifically stated that the management will not agree to buyout Anthony's contract. For the two remaining years in his contract, Anthony is owed $54 million.

For Mills, trade is the only option on the table. The other thing, of course, is if Anthony would be willing to stick it out with the Knicks this coming season.

"If there's an opportunity that works for Carmelo and works for us, then we'll look at some kind of trade," Mills said as posted on Newsday. "But we also feel that if Carmelo could easily be a part of our team next year." Yet if Anthony decides to stay, they are open to "continue to develop our young players," Mills added.

Currently, all points lead to trade solution. But which is really better for the New York Knicks - Carmelo Anthony staying or being traded?

Trade Carmelo Anthony Scenario

According to ESPN, the ten-time NBA All-Star is willing to waive his no-trade clause for the Houston Rockets and the Cleveland Cavaliers. But with Chris Paul joining James Harden in Houston, league sources are saying that Anthony favors being traded to the Rockets instead of the Cavaliers. This is also favorable to the Knicks considering that the Rockets will become an offensive firepower threat in the West, not in the East.

Another trade proposal is to include the Portland Trail Blazers. However, the Trail Blazers does not want to make the Rockets as another emerging team in the West, thus, they want Carmelo to expand his no-trade clause and consider Portland.

The only thing preventing the Knicks from agreeing with the initial trade discussion is the unfavorable return. League sources say the New York front office is quite unhappy with the trade proposals.

The Return of Carmelo Anthony, and then Trade

While the future is uncertain for the Knicks, Perry is hoping that Anthony would consider staying. League sources say the Knicks front office wants the 33-year old NBA superstar to still lead the team this coming season and forget trade talks especially since Phil Jackson is no longer in the equation.

This is also seen as the Knicks making Carmelo's trade value to rise up after getting dramatically lowered by Jackson's tirades. Possibly make a last minute trade to beat the deadline set in February of 2018. But by then, who would want to trade for Carmelo Anthony, unless he flashes his old self?

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