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Though not a free-agent situation, this is a many dire doubt a Knicks face. There are 3 possibilities: trade him, relinquish him or keep him.
Trading him requires a group to take on his contract. As ESPN.com’s Ian Begley notes: “Anthony has a 15 percent trade kicker that would supplement $8.1 million to his 2017-18 salary. That would move Anthony’s agreement to $34.7 million, that is roughly untradeable.”
However, Anthony can relinquish that, and he pronounced he would for Houston or Cleveland.
Trading Anthony to Houston would need Houston to send back, during minimum, Ryan Anderson and several non-guaranteed contracts, only to make a salaries match. However, Anderson is 29, on a clunky agreement and not in line with a Knicks’ rebuild.
So, that means involving a third team. While that’s possible, it’s complicated. And Houston isn’t expected to embody Trevor Ariza or Eric Gordon in any such moves as some have suggested.
Any trade to Cleveland would need a Cavaliers shipping out Kevin Love, that won’t occur for Anthony. Love is a improved actor and a improved fit.
Keeping Anthony does zero certain for a Knicks. All it does is supplement a few wins to a lottery team. It also disrupts a growth of their kids and creates a daily “Melo drama” a cloud that hangs over a locker room.
The Knicks are best off shopping him out. Sure, that’s a lot of income to give away, though it’s sunk cost.