Report: Knicks players, minus Carmelo Anthony, on the trade block
The Knicks fell to 5-22 Tuesday night, continuing their worst start in franchise history, after a 107-87 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Anthony led all players in scoring with 26 points, but New York was unable to overcome a 36-24 deficit after the first quarter.
Anthony's agent, Leon Rose, denied a report last week that indicated the 11-year veteran could waive his no-trade clause.
But with the Knicks' experiment under first-year team president Phil Jackson not going anywhere near as planned, Beck reports the team could be interested in some moves.
The Knicks will probably keep Carmelo Anthony for now. But rival executives say that everyone else at the Garden is available, possibly even the ball boys. J.R. Smith is the most likely to be exiled, if the Knicks can find a taker.
Smith, 29, is off to his worst start in years. After averaging 14.5 points per game in 2013-14 and 18.1 in 2012-13, Smith is averaging 10.3 this season. His 25.1 minutes per game are also his fewest in three seasons.
After signing with the Knicks in 2012, Smith took 35 games to get acclimated to New York before breaking out in 2012-13, when he played in 80 games -- all off the bench -- and averaged 18.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, both career-highs.
Amar'e Stoudemire could also be a trade option, as the 32-year-old power forward is in the last year of his maximum contract. Stoudemire is averaging 13.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, the latter total being his highest in two years.
- Mike Fiammetta