Anthony Adds Cavs, Thunder To Trade List

10:12pm: The Knicks have been informed that the second of the two new teams on Anthony’s list of preferred trade destinations is Oklahoma City, Ian Begley of ESPN tweets. The Thunder, like the Cavs, would need to send at least $21.1MM back in any transaction.

It’s slightly more difficult to imagine a package coming from the Thunder than it is to envision one from the Cavs. Unlike Cleveland, Oklahoma City lacks a no-brainer appealing asset like the 2018 Nets pick.

A notable risk for any team looking to acquire Anthony, Bobby Marks of ESPN writes, is the fact that he could opt into a 2018/19 player option worth $27.9MM. In either Cleveland or Oklahoma City’s case, that could mean one year of paying a 34-year-old Anthony an exorbitant sum months after losing the core of their current teams (all of LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Paul George can theoretically leave via free agency next summer).

8:08pm: The list of teams that Carmelo Anthony would approve being traded to now includes at least two other teams, one of which is the Cavaliers, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN writes.

The forward has been the subject of trade speculation over the course of the past year but had previously been very selective over the number of teams that he would waive his no-trade clause for.

Earlier today we discussed the fact that Anthony seemed destined to enter training camp with the Knicks after New York failed to find a suitable trade agreement with the Rockets.

Anthony, it’s been reported, had been eager to suit up alongside Chris Paul in Houston and reluctant to consider waiving his clause to appease the Knicks.

Per Wojnarowski, however, when New York’s front office failed to come to terms on a trade with the Rockets, they requested that Anthony’s camp expand their list.

Anthony, nothing but outwardly professional throughout this lingering saga, obliged and added at least two additional teams to his list within the past 10 days.

Wojnarowski writes that the Cavaliers and Knicks have been in touch regarding a possible deal but exact terms or players to be included haven’t been discussed. The Cavs, it’s worth noting, were originally on Anthony’s list last season prior to Houston’s trade to nab Paul earlier this summer.

The Knicks have assembled an intriguing team of young players and are actively seeking to expand their core. It’s said that general manger Scott Perry is looking for a scoring wing to replace Anthony’s production, short-term contracts and draft assets.

While the Cavs do hold Brooklyn’s first-round pick next season, a valuable asset considering the current state of the Nets, they’d have to include several rotation players to accommodate league salary cap rules. As Bobby Marks of ESPN tweets, Cleveland would have to include at least $21.1MM in outgoing contracts to make a deal work.

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28 thoughts on “Anthony Adds Cavs, Thunder To Trade List

  1. Surprisingly a Bucks Fan

    not in his case, but in “limited” trade clause, how often can players change the list of teams?

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    • baseball lover

      From what I have read from previous stories it’s usually a specific time period in the contract
      Every 2-3 years. They can always agree to change on their own or be enticed by the trade kicker.

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    • Philly Fan

      I’m assuming your talking about a case like Allen Crabbe’s last year but my assumption could be wrong. His ntc was limited because it lasted only for a year from which his contract was matched by Portland

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      • Sheldon Bowen

        Not a no trade clause. In restricted free agency last year crabb signed a offer sheet and Portland matched. The nets couldn’t trade for him for a year because the NBA doesn’t want Portland to match in order to trade for assets further controlling said player. Like if LeBron was a restricted free agent and signed a offer by the king’s and the Cavs matched then the king’s could get him for a year.

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    • Reflect

      The frequency is defined in the contract. They usually agree to once a year or X number of total changes allowed in the life of the contract.

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  2. Philly Fan

    Shump, Frye, Osman, and Tavares works in the trade machine and Cleveland would likely add their own 2018 1st. His role would be heavily reduced tho so I could see him opt for Portland over Cleveland when it comes time for him to make a decision.

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    • x%sure

      I can’t see NY thrilled with that, or what Portland offers, though Swanigan is a great prospect. Also tBlazers need Melo for scoring balance while the Cavs FO is not enthusiastic about him.
      But then I predicted Melo would be willing to stay!

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    • Sheldon Bowen

      Screw the trade machine. I just assume you guys find deals on 2k and think it should work in real life. Basically what you just wrote…… Cleveland trades 4 turds and a crappy first for melo. Knicks probably running to there controller to hit accept

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      • x%sure

        I presume you are being sarcastic. Alternatives so far: Ryan Anderson & filler, or Enes Kanter and either Alex Abrines or expiring Dougie Buckets. The Bklyn #1 isn’t happening.
        Nothing has changed really, except Damian Lilliard is probably pissed now seeing Portland not on the list.

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    • dodgerfan711

      These rumors never end. Its by far worse than the non stop boogie and ricky rubio rumors that went on for years

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  3. the dude

    Send back rose, shumpert, Smith, Frye and Calderon just cuz it would be funny to see all those Knicks get sent back

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    • gammaraze

      Calderon and Rose can’t be dealt until Dec. 14th, though… I doubt the NBA has PTBNLs

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  4. x%sure

    Zero% chance that tCavs trade the Bklyn pick for Melo. They had James, Korver & others before at the 3 and did not bite, and now they have Crowder too.

    Maybe a switch of #1s with Bklyn & NY and Kyle Oquinn added… with more salary-matching players to NY probably not especially wanted.
    OKC must have more.

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      • x%sure

        Love is popular & due for a big year with Irving gone and Thomas liking the 2-man games. The Love-Melo trade was unpopular even before Love got popular.

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  5. x%sure

    OKC has salary-matching options but probably no first-round picks. Best choices–
    C Stvn Adams (4yrs left) $22.5, OR:
    C Enes Kanter $17.9 along with either:
    SG Alex Abrines (24 yo, 38% 3s) $5.7, or SF Doug Mcdermott (expiring, 37% 3s) $3.3.

    All in all Melo has not given Perry much to work with. Surely he knows this, so these announcements may just be PR.

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    • fckphil

      in any deal with OKC they better get Ferguson and Abrines….if the rebuild is real knicks dont need/want Kanter or Adams….

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  6. the dude

    Cavs could offer Crowder and the first with filler. Knicks have wanted him for a while. And knowing that if wade gets bought out they could man him, all they would have to do is wait for cp3 to hit free agency next year and the king will stay.

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    • Crowder and the first plus a couple of unwanted contracts would be the most realistic deal for the Knicks. Cavs lose the pick (and that pick wouldn’t be an impact for at least one year), but gain this year and improve their chances of retaining LeBron.

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  7. fckphil

    can the Knicks take back trade exemptions?…if they can then Cavs and Thunder can both take his salary and the Knicks dont have to get weighed down with unwanted long term deals.

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  8. fckphil

    in any deal with OKC they better get Ferguson and Abrines….if the rebuild is real knicks dont need/want Kanter or Adams….

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  9. Cap'n Crunch Time

    I feel like he would really fit well with Toronto. He and Kyle Lowry are Big East guys that play a similar style. They wouldn’t need him to be the leader, which isn’t his thing. DeRozen’s slashing would create a lot of space for him. Toronto just needs someone who can create for himself in playoff pressure situations and I think Carmelo would fit perfectly as that guy.

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    • Melo probably wouldn’t approve Toronto – higher tax impact.

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  10. pihc

    Please don’t trade for that. There is not one body on the Cavs that would be worth just sitting and waiting for NY to do the inevitable buyout. A nut case wouldn’t trade a pick for Melo and lord knows the NY fans have way over valued Melo’s present talent or lack there of. e.g. Shumpert, which most Cleveland fans use as a front runner in any trade talks for some stupid reason, is a far, far better defensive player than Melo ever was even though Shump has a down year this past season (mostly due to injuries). If the Knicks panic and trade him to another team for a bucket of nothing, then fine. Let them do that.

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