Knicks F Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder are 'circling each other' regarding a potential trade, reports Bill Simmons of The Ringer.
Simmons notes that Thunder assistant GM Troy Weaver recruited Anthony to Syracuse.
Anthony, who is willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Cavaliers or Rockets, is reportedly uninterested in returning to the Knicks, who briefly paused trade talks after hiring new GM Scott Perry and had hoped to speak to Anthony about remaining in New York.
The Knicks were engaged in talks with the Cavaliers over the weekend about a potential trade that would send Anthony to the Cavaliers as part of a deal for Kyrie Irving.
It's unclear what the Thunder would offer in a potential deal for Anthony. They acquired Paul George from the Pacers earlier this month in exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.
The 33-year-old Anthony is due roughly $50 million over the next two seasons, after which he is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.
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A potential deal to the Cavaliers…believable. A deal to the Rockets…believable. A deal to the Thunder…not as believable. Oklahoma City's roster just doesn't have much for the Knicks to work with that would give them a fair return. The only real deal that could work would be Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott for Carmelo Anthony.
Is that enough for the Knicks to win to do it? Does Anthony even want to go to OKC and join Russell Westbrook and Paul George? With the addition of Patrick Patterson and still having Steven Adams, it makes Kanter expendable. But with the Knicks already having Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah on the roster, dealing Anthony for Kanter or Adams just doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
I still see a trade working better with the Cavaliers involving Kyrie Irving, or a trade with the Rockets. The Thunder didn't have to give up much to get George, and the Knicks shouldn't be team number two to get fleeced by OKC this summer.