The Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets aren’t the only teams thinking up ways to somehow facilitate a trade with the New York Knicks to acquire 10-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony.
If Paul George signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder taught us anything, it taught us to expect the unexpected in the NBA offseason. In every reported trade talk, there is always a surprise team that has yet to show its hand to the basketball world. Teams like that have many times come away as the big winners.
That team in the case of Anthony might be the Portland Trail Blazers.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that the Trail Blazers were actually one of the teams the Knicks and Rockets hoped would participate in a multi-team trade deal for Anthony, but those talks apparently stalled after the Trail Blazers insisted on being included in the NBA star’s no-trade clause in his contract. However, that reportedly isn’t an option for Anthony.
It still hasn’t stopped players from the organization from reaching out. C.J. McCollum, the Trail Blazers’ star shooting guard, recently posted an edited photo of Anthony wearing a Trail Blazers jersey on Instagram.
He followed up the post by proclaiming himself, Anthony and Damian Lillard as a top-three team in the Western Conference.
“If we add Carmelo Anthony, we’ll be a top-three team in the West immediately,” McCollum said on SiriusXM NBA Radio.
That’s more pipe dream than reality, however.
The Knicks have made it clear they aren’t buying out Anthony’s contract, and there is no chance he waives his no-trade clause. We can talk about potential trade scenarios until we’re blue in the face, but there are too many dominoes that have to fall for a deal to actually come to fruition.
In all likelihood, Anthony will stay in New York and play out another season.
With Phil Jackson out of the picture and the complex contract situation, one would think the Knicks and Anthony would have a better chance of reconciling and moving forward. Comments made by newly hired general manager Scott Perry made it seem that way.
“If there’s something there that’s going to be mutually beneficial to both teams, then we could look at maybe something that would involve a trade, but also very much look at the possibility there may not be something there that makes sense for us to move our team forward and Carmelo would be back and would look forward to working with him in that capacity,” said Perry.
The best case scenario for Anthony would be him ending up in a Cavaliers uniform and playing with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. That situation would offer him the best chance to win a championship. Anything else would likely end with his team getting eliminated in the Western Conference finals by the Golden State Warriors.
But maybe even that is appealing at this point for a player like Anthony, who has spent the majority of his time in New York watching the playoffs from the sidelines.
A chance to compete is always better than no chance.