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Report: Carmelo Anthony has no-trade clause in new Knicks contract

Jul 15, 2014, 8:29 PM EDT

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Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki have company.

Though other players can veto trades based on external conditions – e.g., accepting a qualifying offer – only those four had no-trade clauses specifically negotiated into their contracts.

Carmelo Anthony will join them.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

Remember this theory relayed by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports?

That idea is much more interesting now. If Melo ever wants a trade, he can essentially dictate his destination. It’s not quite as good as free agency, but it’s closer than ever. As the salary cap increases and contracts shorten, more teams will be positioned to trade for Melo if he requests.

The Knicks, by giving Melo this no-trade clause, lose a lot of leverage if he ever hits the trade block. Phil Jackson certainly hopes it never comes to that.

Beyond the no-trade clause, we’re learning a little more about Melo’s new contract.

Ian Begley of ESPN:

Melo’s 2015-16 salary is the key missing figure. The Knicks stand to have significant cap room next summer, and every dollar less than the maximum salary Melo receives that year should help New York.

  1. kinggw - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Very smart move by Anthony and his camp. He gives Phil time to get some pieces around him, but if the Zen Master isn’t successful he can attempt to force a trade to destination of his choosing.

    The only caveat is that he would probably only have until next year to use that leverage. The older he gets, the less attractive he becomes with that monstrosity of a contract.

    • cavreconscout - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      And the zen master knows it.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      Correct, and in all honesty – If Jackson hasn’t built a good surrounding cast by 2015, or 2016 by the latest, he probably never will with Carmelo on the roster.

      The Knicks have an enormous amount of cap space the next 2 offseasons, and Carmelo is age 30 right now. If a Phil can’t get good players to join a 31 year old Carmelo or a 32 year old Carmelo even with a ton of cap space to make big offers, he’s unlikely to get good players to join a 33 or 34 year old Carmelo. So Carmelo should know by 2016 whether the Knicks will give him a good shot at a ring before he retires.

      • zoomy123 - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:26 AM

        In two years Carmelo will be locked into the Knicks for essentially the rest of his career. Who’s going to pay a 32 year old Melo $25+ M per year? If Carmelo wanted to play for a contender he could have went to the Bulls. Now it’s either Phil makes some moves within the next 2 years or ‘Melo is screwed.

      • zerole00 - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        Screwed? Well, I guess that 25M a year is a decent consolation prize.

        lol

  2. antistratfordian - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Players with no trade clauses seem to be very insecure. I wouldn’t have given a player like Melo that much power, but NY really didn’t have a choice.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      Or teams who are offering no trade clauses seem to be very insecure.

    • jvw1982 - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      I think they did, Melo would not leave 50 million on the table because of the trade clause IMO…..he gets to play in NY and have his max contract and gets the rep he wants as one of the top players in the game…..no way he walks to Bulls for 50 million less and be a part of a puzzle instead of the man….Lakers are a mess or he would be in LA right now…if the front office wasn’t dysfunctional and they had a top notch coach he would have left 25 million on the table with the promise of a Kobe deal at the end of his contract that he won’t get from the Knicks

  3. basketballbro - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Melo seems to get the best of both worlds with this contract. He gets to cash in his max contract with the knicks, but he also gets to be a part of a contending team. Whether it be with the Knicks after Jackson brings in new pieces, or with a new team that he forces a trade to is unknown, but regardless, I believe Melo will be on a contending team in the last year of his contract.

    • cavreconscout - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Wont be the knicks

      • basketballbro - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        You never know. With a weak eastern conference and projected cap space, the Knicks may be able to earn a top 3 seed by the 15-16 season. But I do agree with you, I think Melo would have to force a trade if he truly wants to be a part of a contending team

      • money2long - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        Yeah cuz u totally know the future.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:10 AM

        “he also gets to be a part of a contending team”

        No he doesn’t.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      Correct in theory. That’s the reasoning of Carmelo’s advisers, as described in Adrian Woj’s tweet.

      The key though is that if the Knicks haven’t built a contender in the next 2 or 3 years, will he still be desirable enough as a player to get himself traded to a contender as a 33 year old?

      I think he will because he’s a talented jump shooter and low post player, and those skills age well, but it is a slight risk.

      • basketballbro - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:46 PM

        I don’t think he’ll necessarily be worth what his salary is worth when he is 33 and on the decline, but I’m certain he will still be a top 25 player in the league and a bonafide 2nd option on a championship caliber team

  4. m4a188 - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    It’s nice that he stopped talking about winning, now he can enjoy his earnings without worrying about results.

    • money2long - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      Lol. You sound so stupid man. Haha

    • urodaddy07 - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      I actually agree with you on this. There’s no pint to talking about winning when you don’t have the team to do it and you aren’t willing to take a big enough pay cut to go somewhere that does have the team. Shut up end enjoy the Benjamin’s

    • urodaddy07 - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      I actually agree with you on this. There’s no pint to talking about winning when you don’t have the team to do it and you aren’t willing to take a big enough pay cut to go somewhere that does have the team. Shut up end enjoy the Benjamin

  5. rdav29 - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Knicks will regret by year 3

    • money2long - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      No. That’s what your wife said about your marriage.
      Did I go too far ?

      • bong815 - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        That’s the kind of comment you expect from a person who has no capability to think or act logically.

  6. dondada10 - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    We’re overstating Melo’s leverage. Say it’s years 2-4 and Melo demands a trade to the Spurs, for argument’s sake. If the Knicks and Spurs can’t work out a trade it’s not like Melo can sit out.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      Correct to an extent. Carmelo could decide he wants to be traded in a few years, but he can’t force other teams to want to trade for him or the Knicks to agree to a trade.

      He has some leverage over the Knicks, but not a lot of leverage because he can’t break free until year 5 of the contract, and he has no leverage over the other 29 teams in the NBA.
      In order to get himself traded, he needs to be playing at a very high level, high enough to convince another team to try to trade for him and meet the Knicks’ asking price.

  7. csbanter - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Ok Melo you got EVERYTHING that was needed now go out and lead this team to an NBA title. Mr $124 million , top dog, face of the franchise, let’s go championship or bust.

    • money2long - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      One man doesn’t win the title. If you’ve been paying attention at all during your criticizing you’d know melo is trusting Phil Jackson to do his part to put Melo in position to do the job needed. It’s Phil who needs to get the pieces FIRST.

      So chill out. Silly animal.

  8. unfrozencavemanlawyer2 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Is that a picture of him holding a giant check?

  9. mightbegoingtohellforthis - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:32 AM

    Waiters, Bennett and Miami’s first round pick for Carmelo Anthony.

    Too soon?

  10. sportsnut101 - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    If they have to wait to yr 4 to put parts around him hes leaving by then

  11. bong815 - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    It’s too bad his contract doesn’t require him to play some D.

  12. jhuck92 - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    He’s got NY by its big apples

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