NBA Trade Rumors: Carmelo Anthony Believes He'll Remain a Knick After Trade Deadline
Carmelo Anthony is reportedly expecting to stay with the New York Knicks beyond the Feb. 23 NBA trade deadline amidst a lot of trade rumors linking him to different teams.
According to ESPN, New York has recently reached out to "at least three teams", namely the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, and Boston Celtics, regarding a potential trade with Anthony as the centerpiece. However, the Cavaliers seem to be the only squad interested in making a deal but still in their own terms.
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The perennial All-Star, who was recently chosen to participate in his 10th All-Star Game despite his team having a losing record, has a no-trade clause in his contract with the Knicks, which means he has the final say whether he wants to get traded or not and to what team as well.
Anthony said that he is not thinking about waiving the said clause as the Knicks front office has not yet given him his options for potential destinations. He has also reiterated that he is open to waiving his no-trade clause if he is approached properly by the management.
"I never thought I would be anywhere else," said Anthony. "Like I told you all before, nothing came to me, nothing came to my table for me to look at. Until that time comes, then they don't need for me to even talk about the trade clause."
Fox Sports indicated Anthony may not have been "presented with so much as a trade offer pending his approval", even though speculations abound that the Knicks are pursuing a deal with the Cavs for Kevin Love.
However, reports have gone out that the defending champs would consider trading for Anthony but they are not willing to give up Love, who is currently sidelined by a knee injury.
Interestingly, Anthony replaced Love in this year's Eastern All-Stars lineup, allowing him to have his 10th stint in the annual event.
New York is still shopping Anthony with less than a week left before the deadline. However, potential trades were reported as "complicated" mainly because of his salary and his current superstar status.