At least some progress may have been made in New York’s attempt to move Carmelo Anthony.
According to ESPN, the Knicks have let the Los Angeles Clippers know they don’t need one of their Big 3 (Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan or Blake Griffin) back in a deal for Melo.
The report follows notes that the Boston Celtics told the Knicks they had no interest in the forward, while the Cleveland Cavaliers turned down a Kevin Love-for-Anthony swap.
With news of the report, it certainly unravels what could have been a complicated matter for the Clippers if they decide to go the super team route. They would likely need to part with complimentary pieces and the real question would be if Los Angeles could compete with the likes of the Golden State Warriors any better with Anthony than they could before.
Anthony has a no-trade clause, but may consider waiving it to play for a contender as Phil Jackson pushes for pushing him out of the Big Apple.
The 32-year-old Anthony is set to make $24.6 million this season and has almost $54 million remaining on his contract.
Anthony has played for the Denver Nuggets and Knicks over his career, playing in the playoffs in 10 of his 16 seasons.