CARMELO Anthony has informed the New York Knicks of additional teams he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause, adding the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Oklahoma City as his preferred destinations should he be dealt.
Sources within the NBA told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley on Friday (Saturday, Manila time) that the Cavs, whom the Knicks have already had initial discussions, and the Thunder have been added to the list the team requested after talks with Anthony’s preferred destination Houston Rockets have stalled.
With the Knicks unwilling to take Ryan Anderson’s three-year, $60M contract in a deal with the Rockets, Anthony was asked to furbish more destinations the 10-time All-Star will waive his no-trade clause.
The Cavs and Knicks have had initial discussions in the offseason and resumed talks earlier this week, according to Wojnarowski’s sources. But no deal has been reached yet, with Cleveland believed to be hesitant in taking Anthony’s guaranteed $54 million left on his contract with a player option in the final year which might hinder a rebuild should LeBron James bolt in free agency next season.
The Knicks, meanwhile, have stated in a news conference on Friday they expect to see Anthony in training camp next week. Still, both camps reportedly hope a trade is done before the season opens.
The 33-year-old Anthony averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists for the Knicks last season.