If the New York Knicks can’t trade Carmelo Anthony, thanks to his contract’s no-trade clause, perhaps the two sides can move apart via other means.
According to a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein, Carmelo Anthony’s camp has attempted to engage the Knicks in buyout talks for the 33-year-old small forward.
While trade rumors have swirled around Anthony and the Knicks in recent months, a buyout would mean the Knicks would not receive any compensation in exchange for Anthony.
Anthony’s wife said during a recent TV appearance that he preferred to stay close to New York City to remain near their 10-year-old son.
From the ESPN report…
"The most important thing with that is just to stay close to Kiyan," La La Anthony said during the interview, when asked about reports of Anthony being traded. "That's my priority, that's his priority. So wherever he ends up, of course we want him to be happy."
Sources told ESPN's Marc Stein that Anthony's camp -- while acknowledging Anthony's preference to stay close to his son -- has tried to engage the Knicks in recent buyout discussions as it establishes the player's options.
Securing a buyout from the Knicks would allow Anthony to sign with LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers upon clearing waivers. ESPN reported Sunday that the Cavaliers would be the leading contenders to land Anthony in such circumstances, but sources say Knicks officials have thus far rejected the idea of coming to a settlement and waiving Anthony with two years and nearly $55 million left on his contract.
La La and Carmelo Anthony have had marital troubles recently, according to reports, which La La acknowledged on Williams' show. La La also said that she plans to remain in New York.
The Washington Wizards would appear to be an option for Anthony and the Knicks as well -- but Anthony, again, would need to sign off on a trade. ESPN's Stein and Chris Haynes reported earlier in the week that the Cavaliers would be the leading contender to land Anthony if he secures a buyout from the remainder of his contract with the Knicks.
The Knicks, according to sources, would prefer to trade Anthony at this point and view a buyout or using the stretch provision to remove Anthony from the roster as an undesirable option.
Anthony, 33, has gone back and forth recently on whether he wants to remain in New York or would be open to playing in another city, sources say. He hasn't ruled out the idea of leaving New York, those sources say.
At the end of the regular season, Anthony was leaning heavily toward waiving his no-trade clause and leaving the Knicks, per sources familiar with his thinking. But those sources say that Anthony's family situation has caused him to shift his thinking and prioritize that over any basketball decision at the moment, as his wife alluded to Tuesday.