The New York Knicks haven't had a great time of things in the past few years.
The Knicks are painfully obviously in a period of trying to completely rebuild their roster with young talent, complemented with veteran heads that won't break the bank.
The odd man out in all of this is Carmelo Anthony, who is neither young nor cheap. Melo has $100m still left to earn on his current Knicks contract, and it would be impossible for the Knicks to shift that. Well, maybe not.
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According to a throwaway line in an article by Zack Lowe, the Grantland writer and NBA expert mentioned that the Knicks are seriously inching toward the notion of trading away their one and only marquee player in a move that would shock the NBA.
In the middle of a piece about Markieff Morris and the Phoenix Suns, Lowe just drops in the bomb. saying that the Knicks are getting closer to making the move.
"The Kings and Knicks should take a look, even though neither has movable assets that would interest Phoenix - unless the Knicks are ready to engage in Carmelo Anthony trade talks," Lowe writes. "(They’re not there, yet. But they’re getting closer.)"
The likelihood of the Knicks trading Melo this season is zero, it's just straight up not going to happen.
The Knicks have been terrible for far too long now to let a guy like Melo go, especially when you consider how much worse they would be if he hadn't been there to put up 30 points a night as the Knicks one and only scoring option.
And then there's the fact that Jim Dolan would have to sign off on this, which also is not happening in a month of Sundays. Dolan wanted Anthony hard when he was with the Nuggets and he got his man off the back of a blockbuster deal then paid him handsomely to stay.
Unless New York could get a decade's worth of picks - and get Melo to waive his no-trade clause - - does a potential trade have a chance of happening.