Sources reported Thursday that — in addition to speaking with the Cleveland Cavaliers — the New York Knicks front office has reached out to the LA Clippers and Boston Celtics to see if any deal for forward Carmelo Anthony can be made.
Phil Jackson, the Knicks’ team president, looks determined to find a new home for Anthony before the Feb. 23 trade deadline.
Jackson is determined to rid the roster of Anthony and his contract, and start rebuilding around Kristaps Porzingis, league sources said.
The question of course becomes – is the deal worth it for the Clippers if they are forced to break up their core of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan?
Keep in mind, under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), no team can have two ‘Designated Rookie Max’ extensions acquired via trade at any point on the roster. They already have Derrick Rose under that classification.
The rumors indicated the Knicks and Clippers are discussing a deal around players like J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, and Austin Rivers.
The Clippers would have to trade away about $27 million in salary to make the trade work and make sure Anthony fits under their cap.