With the season falling apart for the New York Knicks, trade rumors for Carmelo Anthony are swirling around the NBA. Anthony has a no-trade clause, making it very hard for the Knicks to find a trade for the disgruntled small forward. It has been reported that Anthony would only accept a trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers or Los Angeles Clippers.
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Melo would accept a trade to the Cavaliers because he would get to play with LeBron James, one of his best friends and a player he has said he wants to play with before his career ends. A trade between New York and Cleveland is unlikely considering the Cavs are backed up against the salary cap and Dan Gilbert, their owner, has said he wants to move away from the cap.
Even if Dan Gilbert were willing to keep the teams’ current salary, it would be hard to ship enough money out of Cleveland to land Anthony. Most of the salary is being eaten up by players that Cleveland would never trade, making it hard for a deal to be in sight.
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Los Angeles has always been an intriguing place to play for Anthony. He would have the chance to play with Chris Paul, another friend of his, and he could play in another large city. Moving to the Western Conference would make Anthony not have to go through LeBron James to make the NBA Finals, but he would have to deal with the Golden State Warriors.
In Los Angeles, Anthony would be able to play with other stars, something he has not done much of since joining the Knicks when he was traded by the Denver Nuggets. Derrick Rose may have called the Knicks the “super team,” but by now, everybody knows that was never true.
Even with rumors swirling, Anthony is going to have the final say in any decision made by the Knicks due to his no-trade clause. Carmelo is not going to come out asking for a trade, but his word should be trusted the most as the trade deadline nears. If he really wants to stay in New York like he says, he may remain with the Knicks.