Melo no-trade clause kills Knicks’ Kyrie hopes.
Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony will only be traded to Houston, what does that mean for his current team?
There are only two possible teams Carmelo Anthony could be playing for next season, the New York Knicks or the Houston Rockets.
The 10-time All-Star hasn’t budged on waiving his no-trade clause to other teams, wishing to only play with his current team or with James Harden and Chris Paul should the Knicks trade him.
In actuality, it only narrows the list down by one. Anthony was willing to waive his NTC to the Cleveland Cavaliers a few weeks ago, but that was before Kyrie Irving put in his trade request.
Irving’s dissatisfaction with the Cavs scared Anthony away from wanting to join LeBron James, though Cleveland hasn’t been exactly keen on bringing the 33-year-old on to the suddenly fledgling franchise.
Regardless, it eliminates almost all hope of New York actually acquiring Irving, who stated that he “very badly” wants to play for the Knicks, who play a half hour away from where he went to high school in Hillside, New Jersey.
The only possible name the Cavs could see as a suitable return for Irving would be power forward Kristaps Porzingis, who is far too valuable to the Knicks’ future to let go. It’s also safe to assume that 18-year-old French guard Frank Ntilikina would be a part of the deal.
New York would have to rely on a third or fourth team to get a deal done for Irving in order to get Cleveland a goodenough haul. At the moment, it doesn’t look like they would have enough time to orchestrate such an intimate deal.
The Phoenix Suns are in the running for Irving and have the means to get something done.
Reports have emerged that Irving could be had for Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, rookie forward Josh Jackson and a 2018 firstround pick.
The Knicks have made the necessary steps needed to keep the position afloat even if they don’t come away with Irving. While Ntilikina continues to develop toward being a starter in the NBA, New York signed veteran Ramon Sessions last week to add depth to a position that features Ron Baker and Chasson Randle.
Carmelo Anthony’s disinterest in the Cavaliers makes the Knicks’ chances of acquiring Kyrie Irving very slim.