Carmelo Anthony, a 10-time NBA All-Star, has delivered the New York Knicks an expanded list of teams — including the Cleveland Cavaliers — with which he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause, league sources told ESPN.
After the Knicks insisted that they were unable to make a deal with the Houston Rockets, his primary trade destination, Anthony and his representatives honored New York’s request and furnished at least two more teams within the past 10 days, league sources told ESPN.
One of the known teams on the list, Cleveland, was part of Anthony’s original group of preferred destinations prior to Chris Paul’s trade to the Rockets in late June. The Rockets remain Anthony’s most desired location, but he has worked to accommodate New York to try to find a trade before the start of the season, league sources said. ?
Anthony, 33, is expected to report to the team’s media day on Monday, the eve of the opening of New York’s preseason training camp. On Anthony’s part, there had been an expectation that a trade would be completed before the start of camp. There is expected to be significant tension between Anthony and the Knicks once he reports to camp, and it is clear that could continue to be a scenario at odds with the franchise’s desire to start rebuilding around a young core.
Anthony has been encouraging the Knicks to show urgency in their pursuit of a trade before the season, league sources said. The Knicks made a preliminary call to the Cavaliers on Monday, but the two sides haven’t exchanged trade ideas, league sources told ESPN. Cleveland has to weigh the fact that Anthony, with two years and $54 million left on his contract, could opt into the $27.9 million in the final year of his deal for 2018-19 — when LeBron James could be gone in free agency and Cleveland might be embarking on a rebuild.
New York has had discussions with Houston, but it has found no pathways to a deal, league sources said. Since the hiring of Scott Perry as general manager in July, New York has changed course on the asking price for Anthony and has been pushing for a return of assets that Houston is unable to provide. Perry has been looking for a scoring wing to replace Anthony’s production, short-term contracts and draft assets, league sources said.
Anthony has hoped to join Paul and James Harden with the Rockets, but he has heeded the Knicks’ desire to work off an expanded list of teams to find a deal, league sources said. New York has been unwilling to…