Despite an offseason full of big name signings, the New York Knicks are still bad at basketball.
The Knicks are 18-22, and they recently lost to the woeful Philadelphia 76ers. Star forward Carmelo Anthony was also booed during the game by Knicks fans, and questions have arisen about whether Melo would be willing to waive the no-trade clause in his contract given how bad the situation is (again) in New York.
According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, Anthony is still unwilling to waive the no-trade clause:
“Carmelo Anthony is due for a new round of trade rumors, but like previous years where Anthony trade ideas were kicked around, he controls his future with his no-trade clause. A source close to Anthony says he’s unwilling to green-light a trade out of New York, even with how bad it’s turned.”
If Anthony waived the clause, he would be due more than $10 million via a trade bonus. That amount drops $21,670 each day until the trade deadline, and it would be about $8.1 million this offseason. Melo is one of the biggest stars in the NBA without a championship — or even a Finals appearance — and it doesn’t appear as if the Knicks will be in position to contend any time soon. If Anthony wants to play for a title, he might have to consider amending his thought process on the no-trade clause.
Anthony is averaging 22.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this season.
(h/t NBC Sports)