The messy relationship between Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks' front office could soon come to an end, as a recent report from the Boston Globe suggests Anthony would waive his no-trade clause to join a select group of teams, including the Boston Celtics.
Read this from Gary Washburn of The Globe:
"A source indicated that Knicks president Phil Jackson has instructed management to move Anthony, who has a no-trade clause but included the Celtics as one of the teams for whom he’d waive the clause."
Washburn goes on to write that Celtics' front office boss Danny Ainge is not interested in Anthony at all, despite the Knicks sending signals they would trade him to Boston. Anthony has also reporteldy suggested he would accept a trade to the Cavaliers or Clippers.
Anthony's next move is certainly something to watch for Wizards fans. If he goes to either the Cavs or Celtics, he would likely improve a team that is already ahead of the Wizards in the standings. With how well Washington has played, they should see those two teams as standing in their way for the Eastern Conference Finals or even the NBA Finals.
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While the Washington Wizards struggled defensively last season, the organization is holding firm when it comes to rebuffing offers for Bradley Beal.
The New Orleans Pelicans showed sincere interest in the two-time All-Star before Saturday’s blockbuster that sent Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers. That curiosity remains and the two sides broadly discussed a trade scenario involving Beal, multiple sources told NBC Sports Washington.
The Pelicans are open to dealing the newly acquired fourth overall selection in Thursday’s NBA Draft according to numerous reports. New Orleans also landed three young players from Los Angeles -- Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart -- plus additional future picks and pick swaps.
Whatever the initial parameters, the conversation never veered close to actual negotiations, according to a source.
The basis for trading Beal centers on maximizing his asset value with two years and $56 million remaining on his original five-year contract signed in 2016. Washington likely struggles next season with fellow guard John Wall out and an evolving roster that currently has only five players with guaranteed contracts.
This one rejection does not mean Washington has completely shut the door on future talks with teams. However, the sense from league sources is the team plans on keeping Beal despite ample interest from contenders.
Beal, who turns 26 this month, just completed a near All-NBA season in which he and MVP candidate James Harden were the only players to average 25 points, five rebounds, five assists and 1.5 steals per game. The ascending talent is the lone healthy starter on the roster with Wall sidelined until 2020 with a torn Achilles.
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When John Wall's and Bradley Beal's playing days are over -- whenever that may be -- they both might be well-suited for front office jobs. To a certain extent, they're already acting as high-level scouts, according to Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks.
The Wizards' stars -- who Beal previously said make up the NBA's best backcourt -- aren't just scouting their opponents around the league. Players of all different levels and around the globe are on their radar, which prompted Brooks to ask the obvious question about the two relatively new dads:
"When do they have time?"
Brooks sat down with NBC Sports Washington Wizards Insider Chris Miller on Monday and explained how closely Wall and Beal follow basketball players everywhere.
"The thing I love about John and Brad -- they love the game," Brooks said. "You can call them up. It could be high school players, it could be WNBA players, it could be college players, it could be European players -- they know them. It's like, don't you guys have a life? They know them."
Beal attended the Wizards' pre-draft workout on Monday, while Wall went to at least one similar workout in the past.
Brooks specifically highlighted Beal's ability as a scout and speculated about his potential success in the future, should the guard pursue that avenue when he's done playing.
"Bradley can do it all," Brooks said. "He's not only a great player. He's gonna be a great coach and a great general manager."
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