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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.
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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