Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: SF Pushing for Move Before Training Camp

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2017

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, March 3, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony reportedly wants the front office to trade him before the team opens training camp Tuesday.

On Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com noted Melo has continued to express a sense of "urgency" to the Knicks with the 2017-18 NBA regular season kicking off Oct. 17.

The Anthony trade drama has lingered throughout the offseason, but there still isn't a solution despite both sides' apparent readiness to move in different directions.

General manager Scott Perry wrote a post Thursday on the Official MSG Blog about the Knicks' future plans and didn't mention the 10-time All-Star a single time. Team president Steve Mills did the same thing last month while discussing the franchise's "fresh vision."

Anthony's determination to settle his immediate future before the season recently became more clear.

In July, Marc Berman of the New York Post pointed out the 2012-13 scoring champion's stance was "Houston Rockets or bust." But Wojnarowski reported Friday the forward, who owns a no-trade clause, added the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder to his list of acceptable destinations. 

The common bond between those teams is ample star power. The Rockets feature James Harden and Chris Paul. The Cavs are led by LeBron James, Isaiah Thomas and Kevin Love. The Thunder added Paul George to team with reigning MVP Russell Westbrook in July.

David Aldridge of NBA.com added the Knicks are seeking a package that includes "younger players on shorter deals and/or future draft picks" and hope to complete a deal before Tuesday.

Anthony is entering the final guaranteed year of his contract. He can use an early-termination option to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.