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bleacherreport.com - 7 days ago

Carmelo Anthony Contract Buyout Not an Option for Knicks, Per Steve Mills

Elsa/Getty Images New York Knicks president Steve Mills said Monday the team will "not pursue a buyout" for superstar forward Carmelo Anthony, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.com.
As for any trade talks regarding Anthony, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday "the 10-time All-Star is counting on the franchise to carry out its previously agreed upon mandate to trade him to the Houston Rockets." Wojnarowski added, "Whatever stance a post-Phil Jackson front office is taking now, Anthony expects the Knicks to resume trade talks soon and honor the franchise's long-standing goal to rebuild without him, league sources said." Neither party's reported stance is surprising. The Knicks don't want to wind up empty-handed if they part ways with Anthony, who in turn is justifiably trying to control his trade destination given the no-trade clause in his contract. Wojnarowski reported Anthony, 33, would willingly waive that no-trade clause to go to Houston or the Cleveland Cavaliers, though he added in recent weeks, Anthony has begun to prioritize Houston. However, the Knicks have stalled those talks given their recent front office changes, with Mills' promotion to president and Perry being hired to serve as general manager. They have also reportedly been unhappy with the trade packages other teams have offered for Anthony, per Wojnarowski.
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