NBA Free Agency is over a week old, with most of the big names signing new deals. However, there are a few notable impact players left. Those players aren't limited to free agency, as there could still be a few trades that go down. One player in particular, Carmelo Anthony, has had trade rumors surround him for months now. Here are all the latest NBA rumors you need to know:
Carmelo Anthony Trade
Anthony remains on the New York Knicks, but he might not be for much longer. According to Ian Begley of ESPN, Anthony thinks a trade will happen soon.
"I'm told that Carmelo feels pretty confident that a deal will get done at this point with Houston," Begley said on a SportsCenter appearance. "But the teams to date are nowhere near the finish line because it’s so tough for the Knicks and Rockets to get a deal together one-to-one. So it looks like there’s going to have to be a third team involved. Probably Ryan Anderson is going to have to be moved off to that third team for this deal to happen. Everyone involved wants it to happen."
Anthony's salary makes a trade difficult, especially with the Knicks not wanting to add Ryan Anderson in a trade. Anthony has agreed to waive his no-trade clause for two teams: the Cavs and Rockets. The Cavs can likely only nab Anthony if he's bought-out by the Knicks.
Dwyane Wade Buyout
Unlike Anthony, it seems unlikely that Wade will be switching teams before the season. Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg doesn't expect Wade to play elsewhere once the season starts.
"As of right now, no. I don't see that." Hoiberg said when asked about Wade being bought out. "... Dwyane, he's going to have an important role on this team as a mentor. He's going to obviously play for us and hopefully play well. And take the role of leadership; it's going to be very important with him."
Wade had a player option worth $23.8 million, which he elected to opt-into two days before the NBA Draft. Of course, the Bulls then blew up the roster by trading away Jimmy Butler.
Before the offseason, the expectation was that the Pistons would match any offer for SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Now, Caldwell-Pope is an unrestricted free agent and searching for an offer that has yet to come his way. The Pistons offered him $80 million over five years, far below what Caldwell-Pope was searching for. The Brooklyn Nets don't have as much cap space as they did at the start of free agency, but they still might try to land Caldwell-Pope.
"With $17 million in cap room left and the $4.328 million room exception, conventional wisdom was that the Nets were out of the running for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope or other pricy free agents that would chew up the lion’s share of their cap space," Brian Lewis of the New York Post writes. "That may not be the case ... With Caldwell-Pope believed to want the maximum, and having Rich Paul as his agent, the 24-year-old won’t come cheap. But if the market dries up and Brooklyn can swoop in, it doesn’t seem the Nets would be averse to adding a pricy shooting guard despite a seeming logjam in the backcourt."
Nets GM Sean Marks has said he's open to still making moves at the right price. If there isn't many offers for Caldwell-Pope, the Nets could be an option.Back to the NBA Newsfeed