NBA Report: Carmelo Anthony, Thunder Have Mutual Interest
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Jul 25, 2017,
Jul 25, 2017, 11:32
According to columnist and podcaster Bill Simmons of The Ringer, the Thunder and Anthony are officially "circling" each other. A new rumor, however, suggests that the All-Star might be willing to waive his no-trade clause for a third team.
The Cavaliers are suddenly intriguing due to the Kyrie Irving trade request, but NY doesn't seem to have assets (outside of Kristaps Porzingis, who should be untouchable) that they could pair with Anthony to create an interesting package.
As Simmons explains, the fact that Troy Weaver, who helped recruit Anthony to Syracuse originally, is the current assistant general manager in Oklahoma City, may be playing a role. If he has eyes on playing in Oklahoma City, it might be something the Knicks would consider since the Knicks haven't been enamored with any packages offered by the Rockets or Cavs, and NY doesn't seem interested in keeping Anthony. The Thunder would have to shed another $3 million in the deal to make the trade work. But the Knicks have made it clear that they aren't going to accept a deal in which they simply give Anthony away.
Looks like there is a new suitor for New York Knicks veteran small forward Carmelo Anthony and there could be mutual interest.More news: Uber combines with Russian ride-hailing service Yandex.Taxi
Tarek Fattal is reporting that Anthony is "likely" to be traded to the Rockets as early as this week.
Over the past year, Anthony's relationship with the Knicks has soured after a public spat with former president of basketball operations Phil Jackson. The Thunder stunningly acquired Paul George from the Pacers last month to add a superstar alongside Russell Westbrook.
If the Thunder do somehow find a way to acquire Anthony, it would even further establish themselves as a threat to become the best team in the Western Conference behind the Golden State Warriors. If Westbrook decides to bypass signing a supermax extension before the start of the season, he, George and Anthony will all be free agents in the summer of 2018.