Report: Carmelo Anthony may orchestrate trade to Wizards or Sixers
A new report concerning Carmelo Anthony’s uncertain future with the New York Knicks suggests the superstar is “toying with the idea of orchestrating” a trade to either the Washington Wizards or Philadelphia 76ers.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports sources close to Anthony say he’s interested in such possible trades as it would allow him to stay closer to his son amid his estrangement from wife La La. Isola writes Anthony is “reluctant” to leave New York on the account of his son, but a move to D.C. or Philadelphia would at least keep him much closer to the Big Apple than a move out West.
According to a person familiar with Anthony’s thinking, Carmelo is no longer enamored with playing in Los Angeles if it means having to be away from his son for an extended period of time.
Anthony, according to the same source, was toying with the idea of orchestrating a move to either Philadelphia or Washington, which would keep him close to New York. However, Anthony’s mindset now is to stay in New York and play for the Knicks . . . even though Jackson doesn’t want him.
Anthony’s ultimate departure from the Knicks is for all intents and purposes about as close to a foregone conclusion as possible. Although it warrants noting that comments last week from Knicks president Phil Jackson corroborates the belief that Anthony wants to remain a Knick, despite the seemingly perpetual and perceptively inescapable organizational dysfunction.
Anthony would have to waive his no-trade clause to effectuate a deal, something that doesn’t appear likely at this point, given Jackson’s comments and Isola’s reporting.
Along with the no-trade clause serving as a roadblock, Anthony, 33, has $53 million remaining on his contract, not to mention a 15 percent trade kicker. It certainly appears that Anthony wants to stay with to the Knicks, and if that isn’t in the cards, perhaps the playoff-caliber Wizards or the up-and-coming Sixers would be acceptable alternatives, on several fronts, including wanting to remain close to his son.