Phil Jackson 'determined' to trade Carmelo Anthony


Two weeks ago, longtime Jackson friend Charley Rosen wrote that "Carmelo Anthony has outlived his usefulness in NY". That means the Clips would have to fork over about $29 million in salary just to get Anthony in a trade.

Anthony's no-trade clause might not even be the biggest obstacle.

Let's not forget that Anthony has a no trade clause in his contract and recently stated that he would consider waiving it for the right opportunity. 'Melo is due to make $26.2 million next season with a player option for the 2018-19 season for 27.9 million.

Given that Anthony will nearly certainly insist on going to a team with a legitimate chance of making the playoffs, the options are limited.

"I think I would have to consider that". And no matter what comes from the Cavs' front office, it has been clear from the start that no one holds as much power as James. The back-and-forth in the media came to a head earlier this month when Charley Rosen, a Jackson confidant, ripped Anthony in a post saying his usefulness has run its course in NY.

The Clippers are also a potential trade partner, even more so after the Knicks have reached out regarding a deal that would not include any of the team's Big 3 of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, or DeAndre Jordan, according to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola.

The concern is certainly understandable given Anthony's no-trade clause and the reported disinclination of the Cavaliers to pull the trigger on such a move.

Following the outburst from James, talks about the Cavaliers trading for Carmelo Anthony intensified anew.

Love is having his best season in a Cavs uniform, averaging 20.5 points, 11 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 32.1 minutes per game. Additions of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Brandon Jennings were seen as a last ditch effort to make the Melo Knicks work.

The column stated that Anthonys "legs are going, going gone" and that "The only sure thing is that Carmelo Anthony has outlived his usefulness in NY".

The Cavaliers are reportedly among his preferred landing spots along with the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers. Love would be able to stretch the floor along with Porzingis, allowing the Knicks to play some really nasty spread offense if they can find a play-making point guard who knows how to move the ball to open shooters.