Brook Lopez set the pace for most times reportedly traded, but Carmelo Anthony is quickly approaching that number. After the Knicks came to terms with new general manager Scott Perry, the team reportedly engaged in internal discussions focused on keeping the All-Star forward.
According to the New York Daily News, a trade that would have sent Anthony to the Houston Rockets was imminent, but the complexity surrounding other teams’ involvement and the new GM’s presence have put all trade talks on hold.
The Knicks have endured some front office jockeying over the past few days. Steve Mills will reportedly elevate to Phil Jackson’s vacated position of team president.
Meanwhile, Perry–who had served as the Sacramento Kings vice president of basketball operations for just three months–will report to Mills.
ESPN reports that Perry will have “tremendous freedom” in the Knicks front office, although Mills will ultimately serve as the final authority. The reports state that Perry was instrumental in orchestrating a successful draft day maneuver that allowed the Kings to land De’Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson, and Harry Giles in the first round.
With the front office shakeup, the Knicks have paused discussions on the Anthony trade. Given the chaotic nature of the front office, it is probably wise to deliberate.
Additionally, the Knicks might see an opening in a weakened Eastern Conference to attempt a playoff run. While the team lacks a veteran point guard, Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, and the newly acquired Tim Hardaway Jr. would at least keep the Knicks somewhat competitive.
Providing Anthony kicks off the season in a successful fashion, the Knicks could always reenter negotiations for a trade or buyout closer to the NBA’s trade deadline.
Anthony does possess a no-trade clause, making a deal slightly more difficult. It is believed that he would only waive the clause in order to play with the Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers.
Previous trade attempts hit a snag when the Knicks and Rockets had trouble finding a landing spot for Ryan Anderson’s bloated contract. The Portland Trail Blazers, dangling center Meyers Leonard, were also believed to be a part of the multi-team trade.
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