Carmelo Anthony is only willing to waive his no trade clause to be traded to the Houston Rockets. That no trade clause gives Carmelo more power than anyone else in this situation. By saying that he’ll only waive his no trade clause for Houston, Carmelo Anthony isn’t giving the Knicks much of a choice.
The Knicks used to have a little more flexibility in this situation, being that Carmelo had previously said he’d waive his no trade clause for Houston or Cleveland. Now that Kyrie Irving will likely be on his way out of Cleveland soon, Carmelo is no longer is willing to be traded there. It’s Houston or nothing for the Knicks.
Come on Knicks, Just Be Smart
Keeping Carmelo Anthony isn’t going to help the Knicks be a winning team this year or in the future. If they choose not to trade Carmelo Anthony, all signs point to him opting out of his contract after this season to become a free agent. If this is the case, Carmelo leaves and the Knicks get nothing in return.
The Knicks need to make the smart move here. They have one team to negotiate with. Trade Carmelo Anthony to the Houston Rockets and at least get something in return. They should do everything they can to get assets from the Houston Rockets. The price for Carmelo Anthony would usually be pretty high, but the Rockets don’t have enough high value pieces to give up. The value Houston could give New York is a lot lower than what the Knicks could get from other teams, but they don’t really have a choice. It’s Carmelo’s choice.
The Knicks could get draft picks and some nice role players, but they’re not going to get star value. It’s not exactly an ideal trade situation, but wouldn’t you rather get something rather than nothing? Draft picks and role players can help you build your team. Nothing doesn’t do anything for you.
The Knicks are wasting their time. Carmelo Anthony needs to go and he needs to go now. The longer they wait, the less Houston will be willing to give up. Look at the Pacers. They could have had Kyrie Irving, but they waited and got Victor Oladipo instead. The longer the Knicks wait, the less control they’ll have over what they get in return. There’s nothing stopping Carmelo Anthony from leaving after this season. If he’s not traded to the Rockets this year, what’s going to stop him from signing there a year from now?
I’m not sure what the Knicks are trying to get out of this situation, but whatever it is, they probably won’t get it. It’s as simple as this: Trade Carmelo Anthony to the Houston Rockets as soon as possible and get assets in return, or don’t trade him, let him become a free agent, and get nothing for him. It seems like an easy choice to me. I’ll take the assets.
A team never wants to lose a star player, but the Knicks have to, even if they don’t want to. Carmelo Anthony doesn’t have control over what the Rockets could give the Knicks, but he does have control over the Knicks making a trade with the Rockets. If the Knicks do what Carmelo wants, it could seem like a bad dream. On the other hand, if they don’t do what he wants, it could end up being a nightmare.