June 28, 2017 | 4:49 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: So far, departure of Phil Jackson hasn’t changed MSG’s mindset on Carmelo Anthony’s eventual exit. Knicks want trade, not buyout.
In addition, sources told ESPN’s Michael Eaves that the relationship between Paul and Doc Rivers, the coach and president of basketball operations, had deteriorated rapidly since the Clippers acquired Austin Rivers — Doc’s son — during the 2015-16 season. Paul met with the Clippers on Tuesday and didn’t like what he heard from the team, sources told ESPN. He informed them Tuesday night that he planned to leave in free agency if he declined his option.
The Clippers were determined get something for Paul rather than lose him for nothing, sources told ESPN, so Paul instead agreed to opt in for the final year of his contract (worth $24.2 million) to facilitate the trade.