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NBA Trade Rumors: Carmelo Anthony backed out of a reunion with the New York Knicks; Frank Ntilikina might be moved before the March deadline

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Evan Tiwari
ANALYST
Modified 06 Dec 2020
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The New York Knicks have been in the news recently, largely because of their surprisingly good offseason. The Knicks made a few smart moves, including some brilliant acquisitions in the NBA Draft. NBA trade rumors heavily linked the franchise with their former player Carmelo Anthony, but a move did not materialize.

With the offseason entering the last leg, let's take a look at the latest NBA trade rumors regarding the Knicks.


NBA Trade Rumors: New York Knicks wanted to sign Carmelo Anthony this offseason

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Los Angeles Lakers v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

Despite being 36, Carmelo Anthony was the subject of various NBA trade rumors this offseason. New York Knicks were one of the prominent contenders to land him.

Per Marc Berman of NY Post, Carmelo Anthony backed out of a deal that would have seen him return to New York once it became clear that the franchise would continue with their youth movement.

Carmelo Anthony ended up signing a new deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, where he revitalized his career last season. Anthony has taken up the key role of a bench scorer with the Blazers, who are a playoff team and might even challenge for a title following a stellar offseason.

The New York Knicks could not offer him the same assurance, which might have been another reason behind the snub.

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Also read: NBA Trade Rumors: Spencer Dinwiddie breaks silence on the speculation around his future, Sacramento Kings want draft compensation for Buddy Hield


NBA Trade Rumors: New York Knicks might look to move Frank Ntilikina 

New York Knicks v Washington Wizards
New York Knicks v Washington Wizards

Since being selected as the eighth overall pick during the 2017 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks, it is safe to say that Frank Ntilikina has fallen short of expectations.

The Knicks have 15 days to decide whether to extend Frank Ntilikina‘s rookie contract, and as per NBA trade rumors, there is a possibility that the team will move him instead of extending his stay.

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The New York Knicks have plenty of options for the two guard positions, with the likes of RJ Barrett, Elfrid Payton, Dennis Smith Jr., and Austin Rivers vying for the available spots.

There is very little probability that new head coach Tom Thibodeau will give Ntilikina meaningful minutes. Moreover, Ntilikina's performances since his debut certainly don't present a strong case for his inclusion.

Also read: NBA Trade Rumors- "I feel bad for Beal” Western Conference GM questions Russell Westbrook's move to the Washington Wizards

Published 06 Dec 2020, 23:02 IST
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