By Patrick Barron,
Sports Business Writer
NBA fans everywhere, the annual excitement of trade rumors has begun. 2017 is already proving to be no different from previous seasons, with trades completed and others underway. However, hearing the New York Knicks star player and a city native, small forward Carmelo Anthony is dominating the trade headlines is atypical.
Furthermore, the Knicks are considering trading Anthony, but there is one major hitch in the plan– he has a no-trade clause. In other words, he can either approve or reject any trade as the team attempts to trade him; he controls his destiny. Moreover, according to Spotrac, if he approves of a trade, he will be given a 15% percent trade kicker.
Additionally, this has hampered the team’s chances of trading the aging star to rebuild the team centered on fellow teammate and budding star in his own right, power forward, Kristaps Porzingis. After intense media speculation, Anthony cannot ignore the fact that his time in the Big Apple is dwindling.
Talking to the media last week, Anthony suggested that he would be receptive to a trade if it were best move for his family.
Anthony said, “That’s more about what I care about, my family… I think about that more so than my decision for my career. At the end of the day, it will come down to my decision. But I think more about my decision and what they’re going to have to go through if anything would happen”
In addition, Anthony denied ever having given a “wish list” of the desirable teams that he would like to be traded to, to Phil Jackson, the President of Basketball Operations of the team. Namely, the relationship between the two is tense, with Jackson in the past having publicly criticized Anthony on his playing style.
Anthony declared, “I haven’t told anybody anything. I haven’t had that conversation with anybody.”
According to ESPN, a trade attempt that would have sent Anthony to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team of one of his closest friends, and superstar small forward, LeBron James was nixed. In the proposed trade, the Knicks would have sent Anthony to the team in exchange for star power forward, Kevin Love. But, the Cavaliers rebuffed the trade. It is an open secret of James’s desire to one-day play alongside Anthony along with star point guard of the Los Angeles Clippers, Chris Paul.
Not only is the idea a little far-fetched, given the high salary of each player and their contracts, but also, which team would elect to have all three on the team. Too, it would be difficult to build a good team around them, unless they were to each take a significant pay cut.
All in all, Anthony continues to be productive on the basketball court as the team continues to fight for a playoff sport. The New York Knicks are struggling, currently sitting in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, three spots away from post-season contention. A winning streak propelling the Knicks into a playoff spot could put an end to these talks.
But until then, the struggling Knicks will continue to hear rumors about their star player.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, February 7th print edition.
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