After a weekend report suggested that Carmelo Anthony may be willing to waive his no-trade clause and approve a deal to the Celtics, New York media has engaged in renewed speculation about a possible trade with Boston.
However, on Monday night, Anthony evaded the question of whether the C’s would interest him, as Marc Berman of The New York Post writes. ‘Melo then told reporters today that he hasn’t provided the Knicks any sort of list of which teams he’d approve, and he’s still not thinking about waiving his NTC and leaving New York (link via Frank Isola of The New York Daily News). If Anthony does consider approving a deal, his family will be his first priority, he said today.
Of course, the discussion of a move to Boston may be moot, since there’s no indication that the Celtics have real interest in adding Anthony to their roster. In fact, a report last week suggested that the C’s have informed the Knicks they’re not interested. Perhaps that stance will change in the coming weeks, but for now it appears the Knicks will have to look elsewhere for a trade partner.
Here’s more from out of New York and Brooklyn:
- After signing a four-year, $48MM deal with the Knicks in the offseason, Courtney Lee is showing lately why the club was willing to make that sort of investment in him, writes Marc Berman of The New York Post.
- Derek Fisher, who was fired by Phil Jackson last season, had led the Knicks to a similar record at this time in 2015/16 when he was given his walking papers. As he explains to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report, Fisher believes he was able to get more out of a roster that’s less talented than the current version.
- It’s time for the Knicks to shift their focus to the future, which means trading Anthony and buying out Derrick Rose, argues Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post.
- The backcourt duo that helped lead the Heat over the Nets on Monday was a reminder of what might have been for Brooklyn, according to Brian Lewis of The New York Post, who points out that the Nets pursued both Dion Waiters and Tyler Johnson last summer.
- When I highlighted the six NBA teams below the salary floor on Monday, no team was further below that mark than the Nets. However, after signing Quincy Acy, Brooklyn has moved closer to the floor than the Sixers and Nuggets. Check out our Nets’ Salary Cap Snapshot for details.