The Knicks are still committed to trading F Carmelo Anthony, despite parting ways with team president Phil Jackson, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, who says the team does not want to buy Anthony out.
Jackson attempted to trade Anthony during the season and had reiterated that desire last week. He also irked Anthony with comments he made during the season about Anthony's style of play.
Prior to Jackson's departure, Anthony's camp had engaged the Knicks in buyout talks, ESPN's Marc Stein reported Tuesday. However, although his camp has discussed a potential buyout, Anthony may wish to stay in New York to be closer to his family.
The Knicks and Rockets reportedly conversed on a deal that involved F Ryan Anderson, but nothing came of it according to ESPN's Ian Begley. Houston may be a potential landing spot for Anthony after the team signed PG Chris Paul, who is good friends with Melo.
Anthony's estranged life, La La, told the Wendy Williams show Tuesday that he wants to stay close because of their son, Kiyan.
"The most important thing with that is just to stay close to Kiyan," La La said. "That's my priority, that's his priority. So wherever he ends up, of course we want him to be happy."
Anthony holds all the cards as he has to waive his no-trade clause for the Knicks to process an impending trade. If he doesn't like the destination, he has the power to say no.
If the Knicks were to buy out his contract, the Cavaliers are reportedly the leading contender to land the 33-year-old. He has two years and about $55 million left on his five-year, $124 million deal.
In 74 games last season, Anthony averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists while shooting 43.3 percent from the field.