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Breaking Down the Complex Carmelo Anthony Trade Talks

January 30th, 2017 No comments
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Update (04/16/17)

“We have not been able to win with him on the court at this time. I think the direction with our team is that he’s a player who would be better off somewhere else, using his talent somewhere where he can win or chase that championship.”

That was Phil Jackson speaking about forward Carmelo Anthony, just one day after it was revealed that both Jackson and the New York Knicks had exercised the mutual option for the two years remaining on Jackson’s contract as team president.

The audacity with which Jackson continues to speak in public about his star player is, for many, shocking. But what he is doing, wise or not, is clearly strategic in nature. He wants to move on from Anthony. But he is also aware that Anthony holds the balance of power in that regard.

Anthony has a sizable contract – it will pay him $26.2 million next season, and $27.9 million in 2018-19. He has a 15% trade kicker. And, most importantly, he has a no-trade clause. If he wants to remain a Knick, he will. And there’s little Jackson can do to stop it. Other than make his stay in New York so unpleasant as to cause him to want to leave.

Anthony, 32, is a seasoned NBA veteran. He is well aware of what Jackson has been saying, and why. He is not about to allow it to influence him to make a hasty decision.

But Anthony has reportedly conceded that he would consider waiving his no-trade clause under the right circumstances. Which, in turn, could leave Jackson with an unknown list of potential trade partners, an unknown list of demands from those suitors, and with some technical difficulties that would still need to be overcome if there is to be an interest.  Read more…

Could the Miami Heat afford Carmelo Anthony, Big Four?

June 12th, 2014 3 comments
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Now that the New York Knicks have both a president and a head coach with championship pedigrees, one would think there should be no problem luring championship caliber players to a city that’s been starving for a title since 1973. But any visions of grandeur in the Big Apple, at least in the near future, are predicated on the upcoming decision of their star, Carmelo Anthony.

There has been widespread speculation about a lack of desire for the 30-year-old to remain in what would surely be a rebuilding process in New York under the new regime headed by Phil Jackson, with neophyte coach Derek Fisher this week added to the mix. Anthony has the right to become a free agent this summer, or he could remain with the Knicks for another season before his contract expires.

Numerous reports have linked Anthony to the possibility of joining LeBron James in Miami, with the Heat’s James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all in position to terminate their contracts by the end of the month as well. That flexibility could position the Heat to potentially create salary-cap space to add Anthony to the mix.

The success of the Heat’s 2010 free-agent bonanza has established them as one of the NBA’s destination franchises, with owner Micky Arison empowering big-thinking team president Pat Riley to attempt to pull off another coup despite the limitations of the new and more restrictive collective bargaining agreement.

Discussions have reportedly begun within the Heat organization about trying to grow their so-called Big Three into a Big Four. Heat officials have already started to explore their options for creating sufficient financial flexibility to make an ambitious run at adding the Knicks’ scoring machine this summer in free agency.

Can Pat Riley pull this off again? Is it even possible?  Read more…

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