A NEW ‘Big 4?’
According to a report from the New York Daily News on Thursday (Friday, Manila time), the New York Knicks have talked to the Clippers about a trade for Carmelo Anthony and are open to a deal that will not involve LA core players Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
This follows news that the Cleveland Cavaliers have rejected a proposed Knicks trade for their disgruntled star involving Kevin Love.
ESPN, citing sources, also reported that the Boston Celtics have expressed no interest in Anthony following exploratory talks that began last season.
Anthony is one of three players who have full no trade clauses in their contracts. The others are LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki.
"I really don't have a reaction to it," Anthony said on Wednesday when asked about the proposed trade to Cleveland. "I mean, until management comes to me and says something, it's not something I can look forward to or feed into at this point."
The 32-year old forward is earning $24.6 million this season and has two years left in a contract with the Knicks amounting to nearly $54 million. Anthony has an option in the final year. If he is sent to another team, the contract contains a 15 percent trade kicker that would hike the current salary to about $29 million.