July 31, 2017
We can’t remember a time when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony, three-quarters of the NBA’s famed “Banana Boat Crew,” ran their craft onto the rocks and were left to explain the wreckage. These are three of the league’s most powerful players, along with their fourth crew mate, Chris Paul, and they’ve all spent their careers carefully crafting and protecting their images.
While Los Angeles wouldn’t be giving up any big-name players, it would have to move around $27 million in cap space in order to work Anthony under the cap.
There’s also the whole part about Anthony’s no-trade clause, which is the biggest hurdle. The theory is that if the Knicks find a good spot for Anthony, he’ll waive the clause and accept a deal. He’s stated many times, however, that he wants to stay in New York.
The Clippers aren’t the only team the Knicks have spoken to. Earlier this week, a report stated the Cavs essentially laughed at a one-on-one deal that would have been Anthony for Kevin Love. After being shot down, New York looked elsewhere.
Boston is reportedly the other destination. This makes sense for New York as the Celtics have a lot of young players, and draft picks they could send in order to get a veteran player like Anthony. The problem, however, is they aren’t really interested.
According to ESPN, the Celtics told the Knicks there is “no interest” in Anthony. This isn’t really a surprise, as it makes more sense for them to build the core they have and expand, rather than trade it all for a pricey 32-year-old.