From a business perspective, he would also be someone the Knicks could more easily move in another deal if they decided.
Getting rid of Anthony makes quite bit of sense for the Knicks, who want to build around potential superstar Kristaps Porzingis rather than a almost 33-year-old star.
Melo, who has repeated that he has no intention of leaving NY unless the Knicks put him on the market, has seen how his relationship with Phil Jackson may precipitate his departure from the NY franchise. That has been known for some time but it was confirmed to the public on Wednesday when ESPN reported that the Knicks had recently contacted the Cleveland Cavaliers about a deal featuring Anthony for Kevin Love. In the best case scenario, Melo's point total drops a bit and a slight rebound bump stabilizes his value, but I'm not comfortable in betting on him if the scoring figures to decline, as that is his one skill I trust.
"I really don't have a reaction to it", he said, per the ESPN.com report.
One NBA source not part of the Knicks or Cavs' front office said he believed that the deal to Cleveland was not dead, that the Cavs' statement was more posturing than a true ending to the talks.
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They aren't the only ones chasing after Anthony. I'm not in those meetings, but in talking to people that have been made aware of these meetings and the substance of them, there seems to be a real aggressiveness, a proactivity, a strong desire to find a deal that works and to move on from Carmelo Anthony.
It isn't shocking that the Knicks may want to undergo a rebuilding effort around young star Porzingis. Like I said, all the talk that's going on right now, that's out of my control. It's not something I'm worrying about. "I don't think he would not". So it's worth considering where he would go if it wasn't Cleveland. This coincides with an earlier report from The Vertical saying the Knicks are reaching out to the Clippers, Cavs and Celtics.
Los Angeles has always been the probable destination. It's hard to imagine the Clippers trading DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin or Chris Paul, and they don't have many other assets who would be valuable to the Knicks. It won't be easy to trade a contract of that ilk, but both the Celtics and Clippers could send pieces back to NY in order to make the contracts work.
I can envision some improvement in efficiency for Anthony as Cavalier, if we assume fewer contested shots on a team with two superstar offensive forces in James and Kyrie Irving, affording him spacing he hasn't enjoyed outside of Olympic play. Chicago threw in with Dywane Wade and lost Thibodeau. It's pretty clear now that he won't be winning any titles in NY. And Dallas is in a rebuild mode with Dirk Nowitzki winding down his career.
Anthony still is a top-level scorer at 32 years old, entering Thursday averaging 22.7 points per game.