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Anthony May Waive No-Trade Clause
Thursday, March 17
Ian Begley of ESPN.com reported Thursday on what some in the Knicks organization are feeling about Anthony's future. His squad fell to 28-41 on the season following Wednesday's 121-85 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
"At times, we didn't even compete out there," said Anthony after the blowout, per Begley.
And Anthony wasn't wrong. However, New York has been more competitive this season than last, when Anthony was hurt and the Knicks finished 17-65. They've already far exceed their win total and are on track to receive another high draft pick as an asset.
With the salary-cap rise imminent and New York as an attractive free-agent destination, though, it's understandable for Anthony to long for a better supporting cast. The 31-year-old hasn't won much of anything in his NBA career and certainly wants at least one championship under his belt.
Team president Phil Jackson didn't necessarily dispel the notion Anthony could eventually leave in recent public comments, per the Wall Street Journal's Chris Herring:
Phil, on Melo potentially being traded: "That's entirely up to Carmelo. ... That's in his lap" bc of his no-trade clause.— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) March 11, 2016
The Knicks did what they could last offseason, appearing to hit big on No. 4 overall pick Kristaps Porzingis and bringing aboard a solid 2-guard in Arron Afflalo.
Porzingis is still raw and may need another full year to be an All-Star-caliber player, while Afflalo is a serviceable starter but has a limited ceiling.
Jackson must therefore nab at least one other legitimate star to complement Anthony if New York is meant to leap into playoff contention next season. The 11 championships on Jackson's coaching resume and the presence of Anthony should help the franchise lure top-tier talent, especially with greater cap space.