The report was also rejected by Clippers coach Doc Rivers, according. Asked about the possibility of such a trade, Rivers said, “Please, this is stupid,” according to ESPN.com.
Anthony also called the speculated trade stupid, but also noted he would still like to play with Chris Paul, leaving to door open for a possible exit to Los Angeles after the season.
However the biggest issue here is the Knicks continually leaking rumors, something they have always been known for.
Whether it be trading Anthony or Iman Shumpert or chasing Griffin, Kevin Love or Rajon Rondo, the Knicks organization has always leaked this sort of stuff to the media in order to make it seem like they are proactive on fixing things, which they usually aren’t.
However tossing Anthony’s name in a few rumors actually makes a little bit of sense.
The Knicks are rolling the dice big time if they are banking on Anthony re-signing with the team at the end of the season.
If that is going to happen, they need it to happen by the February 20 trade deadline and they have no chance of accomplishing that goal.
By tossing Melo’s name out there enough, maybe they could force him into making a decision of staying, or simply asking to be dealt, which would save the Knicks a little bit of face instead of simply just moving their superstar.
It seems more and more likely that Anthony could bolt at the end of the season and even though they won’t admit it publically, I do hear they are convinced Anthony will leave.
It has always been the Knicks style to attach their name with All-Star’s who aren’t going to come to New York, rather than develop their own All-Star’s.
This is just another case of that.
Anthony may not be going to the Clippers and Griffin may not be coming to New York right now, but believe me we haven’t heard the last of this.
Melo’s name will be tossed out there a few more times this month as that has always been the Knicks style.