According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, the Oklahoma City Thunder are “one of the other teams” that Carmelo Anthony has accepted as a destination in a trade. Begley’s phrasing may indicate that the Cavs and Thunder are not the only teams on the forward’s list. The Houston Rockets are still presumably his preferred destination although reports indicate that the Knicks cannot reach an agreement with them.
Knicks have been informed that Oklahoma City is one of the other teams Carmelo Anthony has included on his list, team sources told ESPN
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 23, 2017
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Carmelo Anthony desperately wants out of New York. Up to this point, he has reportedly been stubborn about only accepting a trade to the Houston Rockets (he has a no-trade clause). The Knicks still haven’t trade him, though, and Anthony may be starting to cave, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Per Wojnarowski, Anthony has expanded the list of teams to which he would accept a trade to include at least two more teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Another team on Anthony’s list may be the Portland Trail Blazers; point guard Damian Lillard recently said that when he spoke to Anthony, the former All-Star didn’t sound opposed to joining the Blazers.
Joining his friend LeBron James in Cleveland is likely appealing to Anthony. Living in Cleveland, and the uncertainty surrounding James’ 2018 free agency situation, though, may not be quite as appealing.
Per Wojnarowski, Knicks General Manager Scott Perry is looking for a scoring wing, short-term contracts and draft assets in return for Anthony.
That, um, sort of seems like a lot, considering I’m not sure what sort of leverage New York has here.
Anthony, a 10-time All-Star, averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game last year for a mediocre Knicks squad.