A Clippers shakeup could mean revisiting trade talks for Knicks' Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo could be in the Clippers' offseason plans given the amount of turnover they might suffer
With the Clippers' 104-91 Game7 loss to the Utah Jazz on Sunday -- a disappointing first-round exit for a team that held potential for a deep playoff run -- it commences what might be an organization-defining offseason, at least for the immediate future.
Three of the biggest names in the Los Angeles organization -- Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and JJ Redick -- are slated to become free agents this summer. Paul can opt out, which would allow him to sign a more lucrative contract with the Clippers. Griffin, who was injured in the first-round series, has a player option and could test free agency this summer. And Redick, who struggled against the Jazz, will become a free agent.
Oh, and small forward Luc Mbah a Moute, who emerged as a solid starter down the stretch, can opt out of his deal that will pay him $2.3 million next season. He has to inform the Clippers by June 29.
It's no secret that Knicks president Phil Jackson wants the organization to move on from Anthony. Jackson has said as much. The choice belongs to Anthony, who has a no-trade clause in his contract. Anthony has thwarted previous efforts from Jackson to run him out of town. But a chance to play alongside Paul by the Clippers trading for him this offseason isn't absurd, and moving on from a rebuilding franchise to a contender could be a factor.
According to the New York Post, the Clippers were one of the teams that expressed interest in Anthony before the trade deadline. But the Knicks turned down their offers. Now, with seemingly more to offer with not much to lose for either side, Anthony to the Clippers could be more plausible this time around, per the Post report. If Redick is amenable, a sign-and-trade with the Knicks would be an interesting possibility for both teams who, right now, are at a crossroads heading into the offseason. It would take more than a Redick-for-Anthony trade, mind you, but the variables in play are plentiful for both sides to potentially strike a deal that would drastically shift the balance of power in the Western Conference.
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