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Is it the end of Carmelo's NY nightmare?

10 February 2017

NY outscored Los Angeles in the third frame 28-20 as Derrick Rose posted 10 of his 20 and Carmelo Anthony connected on a four-point play to conclude the period. All these rumors get a lot of attention, but they all could be moot if Melo doesn't waive his no-trade clause.

Coming off an embarrassing 121-107 loss at the hands of Western Conference cellar dweller Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, the New York Knicks remain in a state of disarray. The Knicks will also owe Anthony a $9.5 million bonus if he's traded.

With the trade deadline scheduled for February 23, the coming days could get interesting with Anthony open to listening to trades to those three teams.

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson went nuclear on Carmelo Anthony on Tuesday afternoon. His premise: since Jackson was able to help both Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant win multiple National Basketball Association championships, he could also find the formula for Carmelo Anthony to help his Knicks do the same. It's nearly certainly dividing opinions among Knicks fans, some of whom have booed Anthony recently.

Lee was responding to Jackson's latest shot across the bow, a cryptic tweet from Tuesday apparently directed at Anthony, escalating their feud. If anything, Anthony appears less likely to approve a deal unless it's a ideal scenario for him.

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Despite the Zen Master's criticism, Carmelo has remained professional and has not voiced his displeasure with the repeated attempts to assassinate his character or be bullied out of NY.

Jackson's in charge of the basketball operations for one of the most valuable teams in the world, and he's abusing the Knicks brand as a child would.

But when he was asked if trading for Anthony was still an option for the Clippers, he grew angry. The only problem for Jackson is that Anthony has a no-trade clause and a 15 percent trade kicker, so he has all the power.

Disrupting team chemistry to acquire an inferior player makes minimal sense for the Cavaliers, who should instead be targeting a backup point guard who can take some of the pressure off of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. For a team already operating with a limited number of first round picks, the Cavaliers would also have to surrender vital bench players like J.R. Smith and Channing Frye in order to make the salaries work.

The Clippers beat the Knicks for the ninth straight time, their longest current winning streak against an opponent and their longest ever against NY. What was Jackson trying to say? That's bad news for the Knicks, who seem hell-bent on moving Anthony and starting a full-scale rebuild centered on Kristaps Porzingis. It all depends on what kind of deals the Knicks are offered, and Anthony's interests himself.

Is it the end of Carmelo's NY nightmare?