The Carmelo Anthony era in New York could soon be coming to a close.
After falling to 18-23 on the season after a loss to Toronto on Sunday, Anthony commented on his murky future with the Knicks, seemingly hinting that both sides are ready to make a split.
Things have been fracturing between Anthony and the Knicks front office — namely Phil Jackson — for a while now, and it looks like Anthony could be on the verge of agreeing to waive his no-trade clause. The clause in Anthony’s contract has kept him out of trade talks for the past couple of years, and per Marc Berman of the New York Post, Anthony may be willing to waive the clause in favor of a trade to the Cavaliers, Lakers, or Clippers.
Anthony originally joined the Knicks back in 2011 in a massive three-team trade between the Knicks, Nuggets, and Timberwolves that involved 13 players and multiple picks. The Knicks had moderate success after Anthony’s arrival, later winning 54 games in the 2012-13 season. However, fortunes for the Knicks have since crashed, and New York has yet to make the Playoffs since.
In his 14th season, Anthony is still scoring at a high-rate, but his game continues to falter in other areas. If he does indeed get traded, it might not be worth it for a contenders like the Cavs and Clippers to risk what they have in order to try and pigeonhole another star into the lineup.