With the trade deadline just a few days away, several high-profile NBA players could be on the move, including Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard and Al Horford. Any moves that are made, however, almost certainly won’t be game-changers in terms of the NBA title race.
“Golden State has kind of put the fear in everyone,” former NBA front office executive Bobby Marks said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “I think if we’re going to see any movement this week, it’s going to be about not what’s going to happen in the playoffs, but it’s going to be geared toward the summer – teams kind of setting themselves up for the summer and free agency. But I don’t see much movement out there that (would occur to take) a team to Golden State or even San Antonio’s level right now. So we’ll see. We’ve still got a couple days to go.”
The Knicks are reportedly open to moving Anthony, who is averaging just 21.4 points (his lowest since 2004-05) but also career-highs in rebounds (7.9) and assists (4.2). Is it possible that Anthony, who turns 32 in May, could be on the move?
“It’s hard,” Marks said. “I don’t see anything with Carmelo. The no-trade is hard on two fronts. It’s hard for the player – and there’s a reason why only six players have no-trade (clauses). They dictate the process. For a guy to waive a no-trade midseason or toward the end of the season and kind of move the family and get all that done and stuff, it’s hard for a player to make that decision right now. Last year, Kevin Garnett had a no-trade and he waived it, but he was going back to Minnesota where he had played before so it was a little bit easier there. I don’t see anything happening with Carmelo right now.”
The Knicks (23-32) started the year 22-22 but have since lost 10 of 11, including six straight.
“Maybe when it comes to the offseason and depending on where this Knick team goes, maybe (Anthony gets moved),” Marks said. “But he still has a lot of money left on that contract, and although his name is appealing, we’ve got to watch his health for the next couple months and where his play goes.”