“No, no, no. Don’t start,” Anthony said when asked if he was thinking about joining the Clippers. “I haven’t thought about it. There was an opportunity during the deadline. There was always talk the past couple of seasons with me somehow being connected, whether it was the Clippers or Lakers. I’ve somehow always been connected. At first it was the Lakers and now it’s the Clippers situation. So I try not to think about that, especially now when I’m still playing with the New York Knicks and got to go out there and prepare to play against these guys.”
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Jovan Buha: Carmelo Anthony on if he’s thought about playing in Los Angeles: “No, no. I haven’t thought about it. I mean there was an opportunity during the deadline, and there was always talk over the past couple seasons with me somehow being connected to the Clippers or Lakers. At first it was the Lakers, and then now it’s the Clippers situation. So I try not to think about that, especially now when I’m still playing with the New York Knicks. I’ve got to go out there and prepare to play against these guys and other teams.”
The biggest issue surrounding the Knicks this summer and going forward is Carmelo Anthony’s future with the club. The Knicks shopped Anthony in trade talks before the deadline and, barring an unforeseen change of course, remain committed to moving Anthony in the offseason, per sources.
Anthony, of course, has a no-trade clause, so he controls his future. The market for Anthony this summer is unclear at the moment, but before the deadline, some members of the Los Angeles Clippers organization expressed confidence that they could trade for Anthony over the summer, per sources.
Carmelo Anthony wants to sit down and chat with Knicks president Phil Jackson later rather than sooner. “I don’t think right now. Right now we’ve got to sit down and kind of finish these games and go back down to the drawing board after this season. But not right now,” Anthony said about hashing out all things Knicks with team brass. So after the season, “I’m pretty sure we’ll sit down and talk.”
When the trade deadline passed and Anthony changed neither uniform nor zip code, as he suspected all along, it seemed logical to assume the drama was done. “Nah, this is New York. There’s always drama,” Anthony said.
New York talked to at least three teams — the Celtics, Clippers and Cavaliers — about potential Anthony deals in the weeks leading up to the deadline. Anthony, of course, has a no-trade clause and had strongly suggested that he had no plans to waive it. So it wasn’t a huge surprise that Anthony remained a Knick after the deadline.
The Knicks had few discussions about Anthony recently and were limited by the teams they could speak to. They also admire Anthony’s willingness to be a Knick — which GM Steve Mills believes is a strong quality. Anthony’s situation also will likely be readdressed this summer, especially if the Knicks peter out.
Adrian Wojnarowski: I was told that the Knicks are still making some calls on the las 24 hours, trying to get some traction on possible deals for him. They don’t have anything now and Carmelo is still headstrong on not wanting to waive his non-trade clause and at least finishing out this season in New York.
If nothing happens by Thursday, that doesn’t necessarily mean the trade rumors surrounding Anthony will subside. If he doesn’t agree to be traded by Thursday, some in the Clippers organization believe Anthony will be willing to waive his no-trade clause and come to Los Angeles to join Chris Paul this summer, per league sources with knowledge of the situation.
Neuro: @stevekylerNBA What’s your feeling on the Melo to Celtics rumours? Steve Kyler: Celtics not interested and Melo not open to a trade #thesearenotthedroidsyouarelookingfor
“The Kings got exactly what they wanted,” one NBA talent evaluator said. “They got rid of DeMarcus Cousins.” So might this have any effect on Anthony and his situation? “Absolutely no effect. Zero,” that guy said. “The only thing is once a big domino falls, people get more aggressive and start to talk.”
“The biggest thing that will affect Carmelo is to waive his no-trade and give them the opportunity to talk to more than just the obvious teams — Celtics, Clippers and Cavs,” the talent evaluator said. “The Knicks would be better served to do this in the summer, when more teams are available, or on draft night when they steal a pick or so. For now, the Celtics don’t even make the list. They’re not going to give up a whole lot for Carmelo. What do the Cavs have to offer other than Love?”
Knicks general manager Steve Mills was in town for All-Star Weekend, and it doesn’t appear he’s here to finalize divorce proceedings with Carmelo Anthony. According to a source who has spoken to Knicks officials, the odds are heavily against the team dealing Anthony by Thursday’s deadline. Anything that’s been discussed probably has not been attractive enough, plus Anthony can block any deal that is not to Los Angeles, his preferred destination.
The Cavs are trying to use a trade exception that expires Monday and also continue to explore the very slight possibility of acquiring Carmelo Anthony by Thursday’s deadline. The trade exception, left over from trading Anderson Varejao last season, is worth about $4.4 million.
Anthony holds a no-trade clause and it’s unclear he would waive it (he has said he wants to stay in New York). Also, his salary is so high the Cavs would need to part with several roster players and likely find a third team. They have said privately they do not intend to trade the injured Kevin Love to the Knicks for Anthony.
But the Knicks — and more to the point, team president Phil Jackson — may be so desperate to move him by Thursday (as an aside, the Cavs and Knicks play each other that night in Cleveland), there is a feeling inside the league that they would way offers for lesser players from teams, including potentially the Cavs.
Adrian Wojnarowski: As of right now, Carmelo Anthony’s intentions, sources tell me, is to remain in New York. He hasn’t been brought any deal in recent days. Even here in the All-Star weekend, the Knicks have not brought anything to his group that would inspire him to really want to waive this no-trade clause.
Given that they’re sharing a locker room together, that could change this weekend. But when Anthony was asked if he would be reinvigorated by a change of scenery, he called it a “set-up question.” “It’s kind of hard at this point,” Anthony said. “I’ll have some time after the break to evaluate that.”
Asked how he would like to see his script play out the rest of the season, Anthony said: “It would be up in the air. Something I have a problem thinking about it. To say I don’t think about it, I’d be wrong, I’d be lying to you. I think about it. Think about it a lot. I think about what’s best for me, what’s best for the organization and what’s out there. I think about that stuff.’’
A trade to the Clippers could be what he’s hoping for, but when asked if he wants to suit up for the Knicks on Thursday in Cleveland, hours after the deadline, Anthony said: “I hope so. We’ll see what happens. I plan on being here.’’
“It’s a conversation that can’t happen with one but multiple conversations, and I was looking forward to getting away from the game and exhale a bit and evaluate my situation,’’ Anthony said. “Kind of get away from it.’’ “It was a downer,’’ Anthony added of getting the invite, having said Wednesday he would have declined the offer if not for CBA bylaws. “I had to cancel my trip, and there’s no refund. I can’t get my refund back.’’
Porzingis is not happy with his play the past two months. His dip has coincided with the Knicks’ nosedive, which is why changes could be coming by Thursday’s trade deadline. “That might happen,” Porzingis said before scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to help the World Team beat Team USA, 150-141, in Friday night’s Rising Stars Challenge. “I’m here, I’m trying to relax, but I’m still thinking about the season the whole time. I can’t really disconnect. We’ll see what happens. There might be some changes.”
Some in the organization believe that Anthony won’t want to give Jackson the satisfaction of running him out of town. Anthony on Wednesday didn’t sound like a player who was ready to leave. He talked about wanting to recruit free agents to New York when asked about the subject; he also acknowledged that he still holds out hope of one day playing with the Clippers’ Chris Paul and the Bulls’ Dwyane Wade. “A dream,” Anthony called it.
Some saw a possible chance for desperation in Cleveland, where Kevin Love is lost for six weeks with a knee injury and subsequent surgery. Some around the league feel the Cavs, if indeed interested, might try to wait it out and hope for a bargain if the Knicks really are intent on moving Anthony, and he wants to play with buddy LeBron James and waives his no-trade. The Knicks haven’t really driven up his value, either, with negative tweets and public criticisms from Phil Jackson.
That game will take place on Feb. 23, hours after the trade deadline. And by then, Carmelo Anthony or Derrick Rose or a Knick of lesser note may be with another team, although Coach Jeff Hornacek indicated on Tuesday he didn’t expect any deals. “I think this is going to be our team,” Hornacek said, peering ahead to the second chapter of the season. “We have had good stretches, bad stretches; we are trying to build something here before we go into the break, so I anticipate we have the same team.”
Alex Kennedy: Interesting theory I heard from a GM: DEN wants a star/has assets. Carmelo cares about his “story” and legacy. Could DEN return be possible? I know it doesn’t fit the Carmelo-to-a-contender narrative, but it’s an interesting scenario I wanted to share.
Steve Popper: Carmelo seems confident he’s going to be with Knicks after the trade deadline. – RT: Carmelo Anthony: Last chance to win a trip to meet me for @NYKnicks vs. @Warriors! Prizeo.com/Melo pic.twitter.com/SxE0LpfJ4y
Dan Con: Seems like the Melo talk has died down past couple days. Do you think he stays with NYK for remainder of season? – Steve Kyler: Talks died because Melo not open to being traded. I have said from the start, I don’t think he’ll agree to a trade midseason.
The Los Angeles Clippers have long needed an elite small forward to truly make them an NBA title contender. Anthony could be that guy, although it has been questioned whether he can still flourish at small forward, one NBA executive told The Undefeated. Los Angeles is all about stars, and the addition of Anthony would give the Clippers four.
The Hawks have an expiring contract they can offer in injury-prone center Tiago Splitter, who is making $8.5 million in the last year of his contract. La La Anthony is also an Atlanta native who is close friends with rapper/actor Ludacris and singer Ciara. The Hawks, however, don’t appear interested in making a major roster move before the trade deadline, a source said. Even so, ATL could be for Melo, shawty.
Ian Begley: James Dolan says he won’t get involved if Phil Jackson wants to trade Carmelo Anthony. Great questions by Michael Kay.
Carmelo Anthony has told confidants he may decide to wait out the old Zen Master, according to a source.
Anthony has talked about how important his family is when deciding whether he will stay. The source said his wife, La La, is a big proponent of not moving on, even to the Clippers, despite having a second home in Los Angeles.
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson’s public campaign to pressure Carmelo Anthony into waiving his no-trade clause is working to harden Anthony’s resolve to remain with the franchise, league sources told The Vertical. “[Jackson’s underestimating ‘Melo’s willingness to stay,” a source familiar with Anthony’s thinking told The Vertical.
Anthony has privately told teammates, too: He refuses to let Jackson run him out of the Knicks. The Knicks have contacted three teams – the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers – about possible Anthony trades. The Clippers and Cavaliers have interest, but only in cobbling together packages that include role players, league sources told The Vertical.
Boston’s shown minimal interest in Anthony, preferring to continue its pursuit of persuading Chicago (Jimmy Butler) and Indiana (Paul George) to engage in trade talks that involve two younger, more well-rounded stars.
Anthony has privately indicated an interest in listening to trades to those three teams, but the Knicks have been unable to find a trade package that they’re willing to accept, sources said. The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 23.
Barkley also criticized New York Knicks president Phil Jackson for his role in the Carmelo Anthony trade fiasco. “He’s trying to piss Carmelo off enough that he accepts a trade. Very simple. Carmelo has a no trade (clause), and he’s trying to make him so mad that he accepts a trade. That’s the only thing it can be. I mean, he gave him a no trade, there’s nothing he can do about it, he wants to start rebuilding and he can’t do it as long as Carmelo’s there.”
Sources told Stein and Shelburne the Cavaliers maintain an interest in Anthony, but only if a deal can be struck without the Cavs surrendering Love. Anthony has a no-trade clause and would need to waive it before any deal can be consummated.
Ian Begley: This Phil Jackson tweet references an article that is critical of Carmelo Anthony. It’s more evidence that Phil wants to trade Anthony. – RT: Phil Jackson: Bleacher’s Ding almost rings the bell, but I learned you don’t change the spot on a leopard with Michael Graham in my CBA daze.
ESPN Cleveland: Isola: I understand why LeBron was mad. I was surprised how personal and nasty he got. #Cavs
ESPN Cleveland: Isola: I personally wouldn’t trade Kevin Love for Carmelo Anthony, straight up. #Cavs
League sources did say that the Cavs did initially express interest in Anthony if the cost in trade were lower, but that nothing new has been discussed in some time and that the team is not looking for a deal for Anthony. They are looking to bolster their bench for a title run this year and have been exploring options to add a big man to their bench and a point guard for depth.
Noah has grown close to Anthony, and they worked out a lot over the summer with visions of a big season that is now on the precipice of falling apart. The Knicks’ starting center said Anthony isn’t looking to leave and indicated if he did go, he would be forced out by management despite his no-trade clause. “I think Melo’s a great teammate, cares about the guys,” Noah said. “He’s definitely going through a lot with the rumors. New York is a crazy place to play basketball. I know he loves it here, and he’s staying in the moment, and we’re here for him.”
Sam Amick: Addendum to @Jeff Zillgitt story: person close to LeBron James also adamantly denying Cavs star is willing to lose Kevin Love in a ‘Melo deal
It’s no secret, though, that Carmelo Anthony is being shopped. If he agrees to waive his no-trade clause and is moved it would signal that the Knicks are rebuilding. But Noah doesn’t want to see that happen. “I think Melo’s a great teammate,” Noah said. “He cares about his guys. He’s somebody who is definitely going through a lot right now, a lot of rumors. New York is a crazy place to play basketball. I know he loves it here. Just staying in the moment — we’re here for him.”
Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony apparently do have something in common: LeBron James as an ally. According to a league source, LeBron is the one pushing the Cleveland Cavaliers front office to acquire Carmelo even if it means trading Kevin Love, which is something Cavs management is opposed to doing. Jackson is hoping to move Anthony prior to the Feb. 23 trading deadline and one player the Knicks have targeted is Love, who had 23 points with 16 rebounds in Cleveland’s win over the Knicks last Saturday.
Any deal for Anthony would require the Knicks’ leading scorer to waive his no-trade clause and the consensus is that Anthony would agree to play for the defending champs and his long-time friend LeBron.
The Cavs could look to recruit a third team but Cleveland is in no hurry to part with Love, an All-Star this season who is also younger than Anthony and serves a specific role on the team. And while Cleveland doesn’t want to alienate the NBA’s best player, the Cavs do have James under contract through the 2017-18 season.
The swirling Anthony trade rumors had the club on edge, but Hornacek feels it’s become white noise. “I think when it first came out, I thought it affected our guys, thinking, ‘What’s going on? Is Carmelo going to be here?’’’ Hornacek said. “I think they’ve gotten past that now.”
Austin Dail: Steve any updates on the Melo situation? Hope you have a good weekend. – Steve Kyler: Was told recently – this week – Melo not going to waive his no trade, does not care what Phil wants. He wants to be a Knick.
PAUL F. COCOZZA: ANY chance Dolan spoke to Melo & said one way or other Phil is gone this summer. Melo get Paul as free agent. Other FA? – Steve Kyler: Not from what I understand. I was told he’s not willing to uproot his kids and family mid-season he has that option and plans to use it.
Regarding Anthony, there are rumors that the Knicks have tried to deal him to the Cavs for Kevin Love. And, of course, James has a lot of sway with the front office and . But he certainly hasn’t openly campaigned for Carmelo to join Cleveland. “I just want the best for my brother. And whatever case may rest for his future, if he’s here or elsewhere, I just want him to be happy,” James said.
I mention this because the New York Knicks keep trying to deal Carmelo Anthony for Love. They also are keeping that rumor alive because they are looking to trade Anthony to other teams.
The Knicks reportedly have continued to speak to the Cavaliers about a deal involving Kevin Love, but the NBA champs don’t want to trade one of their core players. James wouldn’t offer an opinion on Anthony’s situation or how he’s being treated by Knicks management, only that he wants his good buddy to be happy. “I just want the best for my friend,” James told Cleveland reporters Friday. “No matter what it is. If he’s there in New York or if not I just want the best for him, I want him to be happy.”
Despite the Clipper talk and reports of Boston having limited interest, league sources indicate that Anthony will likely still be on the team once the Feb. 23 trade deadline passes. After that, Jackson will have to wait until the draft to re-start his efforts to move Anthony. Not that Phil should count on that.
“I think it would make life harder for me on the court (if Anthony was traded),” Porzingis told the Daily News. “He makes stuff easier for me.” Anthony and Porzingis have always been gracious and accommodating about each other’s talents and egos. It’s really just unfortunate timing that their career arcs don’t align, a condition that, more than anything, has led to Jackson’s two-year teetering between rebuilding and trying to contend.
So there are a lot of unknowns with Porzingis, despite the ‘Unicorn’ abilities, despite the projections to stardom. He has great chemistry with young center Willy Hernangomez, and together they buried the Nets on Wednesday while representing Jackson’s greatest accomplishments as an executive. But is he ready to be the go-to guy and the focal point of the defense the same way Anthony is? “There’s still a lot more things I want to learn from Melo,” Porzingis told the News. “So I would love to have him around for a long time. I always love playing with Melo.”
The New York Knicks continue to pursue Kevin Love in advance of the Feb. 23 trade deadline despite the Cleveland Cavaliers’ unwillingness to part with the All-Star forward in a deal for Carmelo Anthony, according to league sources. Sources said the Cavaliers, meanwhile, do maintain an interest in Anthony — which would pair him with Cleveland star and close friend LeBron James — but only if a deal can be struck without the league’s reigning champions surrendering Love.
ESPN Cleveland: Windhorst: I don’t think we have heard the last of Carmelo Anthony and the #Cavs.
ESPN Cleveland: Windhorst: Tristan Thompson is more unmovable than Kevin Love, in my opinion but Love isn’t a player you can easily find. #Cavs
The Knicks don’t have to trade Anthony to tank because they’ve proven to be bad with or without him. But even if the organizational problems extend well beyond his limitations, Anthony is accustomed to receiving the blame. “I know the situation: Good, bad or indifferent, it comes down to No. 7 and I accept that. I’m at peace with that. And that’s what helps me get through the day-to-days. It’s tough,” Anthony told The Vertical, “but I know what it is.”
“That’s more about what I care about, my family,” Anthony said following Tuesday’s shootaround. “My son being comfortable in New York at an age now where he’s really getting an opportunity to understand being in New York and having a home there and having friends there. My wife working there and having her opportunities there. I think about that more so than my decision for my career. At the end of the day, it will come down to my decision. But I think more about my decision and what they’re going to have to go through if anything would happen.”
Steve Kyler: Carmelo Anthony tells Al Iannazzone exactly what sources close to him have said – his life comes before Knicks desire for change. pic.twitter.com/UpINYGERAn
Ohm Youngmisuk: Carmelo says he hasn’t talked to the Knicks about teams he’d be willing to play for and what it would take to consider waiving no-trade… pic.twitter.com/4i8X7Lt2yR
The Knicks reportedly have had conversations with the Clippers, Cavaliers and Celtics. The belief is it would be difficult for Anthony to turn down an opportunity to play with his good friends Chris Paul with the Clippers or LeBron James with the Cavaliers.
Anthony said he hasn’t told the front office that he would only be willing to go to certain teams. But he and his superstar friends have talked about that happening at some point, and they’re playing for contenders, so it could be even more appealing. “Those considerations and thoughts will always be,” Anthony said. “That’s something we all think about as athletes, try to play with another. We talk about it from high school and college. These are conversations that we’ve had years before any of this ever came up.”
Anthony will be difficult to move because he also has a 15-percent trade kicker in his deal. He said his contact with the Knicks’ front office has been minimal. But he reiterated he would have to “consider” waiving the no-trade if the organization comes to him and says “they want to go in a different direction.” He said they haven’t told him that yet. “If it’s something that’s imminent that they want to come to me and talk to me about, I’m pretty sure I’ll get that meeting or get that phone call,” Anthony said. “There’s no conversations happening with me [and the front office] on a consistent basis or day-to-day basis.”
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Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell says he will “test the waters” and enter the NBA draft pool but not hire an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning to the Cardinals for his junior season.
Brad Stevens and Al Horford were both asked about rest in the NBA’s busy schedule. “The schedule’s intense,” Horford said. “The schedule’s intense. It’s always been like that, but I just think it’s just about finding ways to make the schedule more friendly, especially to a lot of these teams that have to travel and get on these crazy road trips and things like that. It’s something we’ll have to figure out.”
“I don’t know if this is fortunate or unfortunate — probably more unfortunate because you never want to have injuries — but we had a lot of injuries,” Stevens said. “We got rest because we had to get rest.”
Jordan played in all 82 games nine times and had two other times when he played at least 80 games. In Ewing’s 17 NBA seasons, he played every game three times and appeared in at least 80 games three other times. “It’s easy for me because I’m working for an owner who doesn’t believe in (resting healthy players),’’ Clifford said of Jordan. “I also have an associate head coach who would kill me if I started doing that. The climate in this league has changed. This is 17 years (in the NBA) for me, but 17 years ago, nobody would have thought about sitting out of a game.’’