Over the past month, Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks has been nothing more than a daytime soap opera. And after failing to regain their status as contenders in the Eastern Conference, Anthony’s career as a Knicks is quickly coming to an end.
For the first time since joining the Knicks six years ago, Anthony is willing to waive his no-trade clause if New York no longer wants him apart of the team.
However, Melo is only willing to waive his clause if the Knicks can strike a deal with a championship contender. On Wednesday, the Knicks took their first step in trading the All-Star forward.
According to Marc Stein and Chris Haynes of ESPN, the Knicks was unsuccessful in their attempt to trade Anthony for Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love. Although this trade seems pleasing to the eye of basketball fans, the Cavaliers were not interested in the deal. And it’s understandable why the Cleveland rejected the trade.
For starters, this is the first season Love has played like an all-star caliber player since his arrival two years ago. Averaging 20.5 points and 10.8 rebounds, he has finally found his niche playing alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
Secondly, it is no secret that James has been vocal about his frustration with Cleveland’s current roster. Following their 124-122 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, LeBron expressed his desire for management to upgrade their roster. Yet, his desire was for the Cavaliers to add another seasoned point guard on the roster. Particularly, a playmaker who can help lighten the burden off of James and Irving’s shoulders.
As one of the best scorers of his generation, Anthony does not need to depend on Irving nor James to create his own shots. However, as a one-on-one ball stoppers, Carmelo Anthony isn’t the playmaker James was referring too.
At the end of the day, this trade reject only means one thing. The New York Knicks send the message that they are actively trying to trade their nine-time All-Star. As well as Anthony willing to waive his no-trade clause to join a contender.
For teams like the Clippers, Celtics, and Rockets who are one piece away from contending in their respected conference. It’s time for them to put together their best offers which are pleasing to Knicks management. As well as a situation that gives Anthony the best opportunity to win.