The relationship between Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks seems to have reached its boiling point. According to multiple sources, the Knicks recently offered the Cleveland Cavaliers Melo in exchange for Kevin Love, but the Cavs turned the offer down. This isn’t the first time that the Knicks tried to trade Melo. It was reported last season that the Knicks were in talks with the Cavs and Boston Celtics about a three-team trade that would’ve sent Melo to Cleveland, Love to Boston, and draft picks to the Knicks, but Melo refused to waive his no-trade clause at the time.
Part of the reason as to why the Knicks may be more aggressive in trying to trade Melo at this point is likely due to the souring relationship between Melo and team president Phil Jackson. Last December, when the Knicks were in the middle of a winning streak, Jackson stated that Melo was too much of a ball hog. Things got worse when two weeks ago, close and longtime friend of Jackson Charley Rosen wrote that “Carmelo Anthony has outlived his usefulness in New York.” Many view Rosen’s statement as being relayed from Phil Jackson. Shortly after the statement, Melo held a meeting with Jackson, in which the possibility of him being traded was discussed. Supposedly the meeting only lasted between 5 and 7 minutes, with most of the talking coming from Jackson.
At this point, it almost makes too much sense that the Knicks should be looking to trade Melo. At 32 years old, his value can only go lower from this point on. Jackson has expressed the desire to build a young team around Kristaps Porzingis. Melo would likely allow for some good draft picks in return if he were to be traded. The issue the Knicks face, in addition to finding a deal to their liking, is finding a deal to Melo’s liking as well. The divorce of Jackson and Melo seems logical and inevitable at this point.