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Carmelo Anthony has expanded the list of teams he’s willing to play for, which now includes the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder, two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.
The people requested anonymity because of the ongoing nature of the discussions.
A person close to the situation is of the strong belief that Anthony will be open to the Portland Trail Blazers as well, though the Knicks have received no formal word indicating as much.
Anthony, armed with a no-trade clause, had only approved of a deal to the Houston Rockets, but the summer-long stalemate between the New York Knicks and Anthony might be thawing a bit.
TheDaily News first reported that New York had reached out to Cleveland under the belief Anthony was amenable to waiving his no-trade clause.
The Cavs and Knicks have only had cursory discussions, and there are currently no parameters of a deal.
The Cavs aren’t interested in including the No. 1 pick they recently acquired from the Boston Celtics in the blockbuster Kyrie Irving trade.
The Knicks expect Anthony at the team’s media day on Monday, ahead of the team’s training camp.
“Look, Carmelo’s going to be back here,” GM Scott Perry said. “Carmelo has always been a professional. That’s one thing I’ve always respected about him. I think he can set a good example for the young players. He’s been a 10-time All-Star. If he’s back here with the New York Knicks, we expect him to be the professional he’s always exemplified throughout his career and move forward with him.”
Perry, who became the Knicks GM this summer, also said he’d met with Anthony this offseason.
“We had a very good meeting, very respectful,” he said. “He expressed to me his sentiments as did I. And we both understood at that time there would definitely be a possibility that he could be back here, and we respect eachother well enough that if that was the case that we’re going to move forward and be the professionals that we both are.”
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