With the looming possibility of Carmelo Anthony departing New York as a free agent this summer, New York Knicks officials have discussed proposing a trade for the Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin, league sources told ESPN's Chris Broussard.
Sources tell Broussard that Clippers management has also had internal discussions about such a deal but that the clubs have not yet spoken to one another about a potential trade.
As of now, neither team is certain of whether it would make an Anthony-for-Griffin trade, the sources told Broussard.
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Our take: It's worth noting here that discussions are only internal at this point. The teams haven't traded any proposals on this. But if the Knicks are indeed thinking about the possibility of Anthony leaving, that's significant.
Do the Knicks get the sense that he may leave this summer? Or are they just tossing the idea of trading him around as a hypothetical?
Anthony will opt out of the final year of his contract and test free agency this summer. The Knicks can sign Anthony to a contract worth $30 million more than any other team. That would seem to be enough to keep Anthony in town.
But with the Knicks (10-22) struggling, Anthony may be considering a greener pasture. If he’s going to leave, the only way for the Knicks to save face is to execute a trade to get something in return.
If Anthony left as a free agent and the Knicks had nothing to show for it, it would be a PR nightmare for the organization.
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