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Breaking down the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes

Just like every year as the NBA trade deadline approaches, reports, rumors and social media is flooded with all sorts of things. As for this year, New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony has been flooding everywhere as everyone wants to know if he’s going to go somewhere or not? So I’ll break it down with the latest updates.

January 17th, 2017: Carmelo Anthony wants to remain a New York Knick. Reports started to brew that Phil Jackson was the one the one that wanted him to go, but Anthony wanted to stay.

January 20th, 2017: According to league sources Anthony would waive his no-trade clause for four teams. Those four teams were the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Clippers.

January 25th, 2017: According to league sources LeBron James wants management to explore trade options to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Knicks.

January 25th, 2017: Cavaliers reportedly reject Knicks offer to swap Anthony for Kevin Love.

January 26, 2017: Knicks reportedly reach out to Celtics and Clippers about a deal involving Anthony.

January 26, 2017: Celtics become likely destination for Anthony as Knicks prefer to deal with them as Boston has more young assets and draft picks available. One preferred deal with the Celtics would be Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Amir Johnson (expiring deal), and future picks (not the Nets pick this year).

January 26, 2017: The Knicks are open to sending Anthony to the Clippers even if the trade doesn’t include Blake Griffin, Chris Paul or DeAndre Jordan.

So after digesting all of those updates and taking a deep breath here’s what all of that means as of now.

For starters, no matter what happens, Anthony has to approve of any deal, if one gets done.

As far as the Clippers situation goes, they’re the only team with a “formal” offer on the table and that’s not even close to official. The offer as it stands right now, is Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick or Austin Rivers for Anthony.

Now as good as that may sound, Jackson isn’t falling off out of his rocker (so we don’t think) so the Knicks aren’t pulling the trigger on that trade, just yet. Yes, it’s a good base. But if the Clippers are looking to center a deal around that, they’ll likely have to throw in another cap filler to balance out salaries plus add in some draft picks. Also too, it’s very unlikely that Doc Rivers deals his son too.

As far as the Boston situation goes, no Celtics fans you didn’t lose your shot at Anthony yet. The Celtics just haven’t done anything yet (which is smart as they don’t look desperate). But yes, despite the Clippers having an offer on the table, the Celtics are still the preferred trade partner for the Knicks at this time.

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