The chance of Anthony being bought out anytime soon by the new Knicks front office headed by president Steve Mills is slim. The Knicks are bracing for Anthony’s return with training camp less than five weeks away. Coach Jeff Hornacek reportedly attended one of Anthony’s recent training sessions at the Lifetime Athletic gym he owns in a midtown high-rise.
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Stephen A. Smith: Update @Espngreeny. Found out last night Melo would accept buyout to go to @cavs, too. To @HoustonRockets? Would possibly be via trade!
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.
Keith Britton: .@ChrisBHaynes on @BullandFox re: Carmelo “If he gets a buyout, it’s a pretty foregone conclusion from what I’m told, it would be Cleveland”
Jackson had no plans to work beyond the two years remaining on his contract, and with no clear end to the stalemate with Anthony in sight, discussions with Dolan accelerated late Tuesday night.
Ramona Shelburne: Phil had obviously made it known he thought it was time for the organization to move on from Carmelo, but with no way of doing that, and no plans to lead the organization beyond the remaining two years on his contract, Jackson and Dolan had to decide how to proceed
A source confirmed the Knicks are aware Anthony prefers getting released rather than agreeing to a trade, even if he would lose a trade-kicker bonus. Anthony understands the Cavaliers don’t have the assets to make a deal for him, and this way he can add depth to the Eastern Conference champions without taking away a major piece such as Kevin Love, who is being dangled for Paul George.
According to a source, Jackson’s stance is he will not give up Anthony without gaining an asset or two and remains determined to find a trade partner. After all, Anthony, 33, is just a few months older than James.
Marc Stein: But league sources say that the Knicks have thus far resisted the idea of a Melo buyout that would clear the way for him to join the Cavs
The state of their franchises, Anthony’s New York Knicks and Wade’s Chicago Bulls, could soon make them buyout candidates. The Cavs will have no influence on their futures short of LeBron James lobbying his two close friends to join him in Cleveland if those buyouts are offered, but a “brOhio” partnership is possible before the 2018 playoffs begin.
Anthony has a no-trade contract and a 15 percent trade kicker, although he might take a buyout to play with James. The Knicks seem to be a total disaster, with Jackson talking about trading Kristaps Porzingis on draft night, although no one paid the outrageous ransom Jackson demanded to deal the 21-year-old star power forward. Knicks owner James Dolan was playing with his blues-rock band 3½ miles away from the draft at Barclays Center and unaware of what was going on.
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September 21, 2017 | 10:06 pm EDT Update
“I’m just excited to be here, to have an opportunity to be in a training camp with Coach Donovan and his staff,” McDermott said. “I think I’m a lot more comfortable here now. I know everyone’s names. I know where I’m going. I feel a lot more comfortable and really, really like the team we have.”
Doug McDermott feels valued, he said. His 3-point shooting helps draw defenses and space the floor, particularly when he’s on the court with Russell Westbrook. “And now that we added (Paul George), I think it’ll be probably more important, because we’ve got a lot of talent out there,” McDermott said. “ I look forward to doing that, to spacing the floor, but also showing that I can do more than that.”
“I think it’ll be a little bit more of the four,” Jerami Grant said. “I think towards the end I kind of got pushed into the four rather than the three, but I think it’ll be more of the same with a couple different players.”
Michael Beasley took strong exception to Stephen A. Smith for bringing up his past issues with marijuana, and fired back at the ESPN host by calling him “a liar” who has created tales about relationships with players.
Explaining that he cleaned up his act five years ago for the sake of his daughter, Beasley said Smith was continuing an unfair narrative by saying on the radio that the Knicks forward is “smoking something.” Smith’s point – which he hammered home by saying the league needs to test Beasley for weed — was in response to Beasley’s comment two days earlier about himself and three other Knicks being capable of scoring 25 points apiece.
“He’s a liar, bro,” Beasley said. “I love the words he uses, I love how adamant he is, especially when he’s wrong because if you’re not going to stand for yourself, who is going to stand for you? Cool. But it’s like literally, I’ve sat next to guys he was on the TV talking about, and (Smith’s) saying, ‘Man, I just got off the phone with this guy.’ And literally, I’m next to that guy he’s talking about, and he says, ‘Man, I’ve never even been in a room with Stephen A.’ Why does what you say have credibility when literally everybody knows you’re lying about it?”