According to recent trade rumors, the New York Knicks will reportedly move its two star players Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis in a tree-team deal. The other two franchise that will allegedly be part of the trade are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Vikings.
Speculations about the trade between these three teams emerged due to their respective situations. First, it was reported that coach and Timberwolves president Tom Thibodeau is willing to trade away one of his players to save the squad the squad. According to Yahoo! Sports, the coah might trade one of his younger players for a veteran.
As noted by various sources, the Timberwolves might end up trading Andrew Wiggins and / or Ricky Rubio for Porzingis of the Knicks.
But aside from Porzingis, another player that might leave New York is Anthony. Rumors about Anthony going to another team started after it was speculated that Knicks owner Phil Jackson will be leaving New York to return to the Lakers, according to OC Register.
This then led to talks about Anthony joining him when he goes to the Lakers. But, both Jackson and Anthony have already reiterated that this massive move to the Los Angeles is simply not true.
In another trade scenario, the Knicks, Timberwolves and Lakes will engage in a massive deal that would involve a total of nine players. As noted by iTech Post, in this deal, Anthony and Rubio will head to Los Angeles in exchange for Porzingis and Jordan Clarkson signing with the Lakers.
As for the Knicks, the potential trade would give them the opportunity to acquire Minnesota's Nikola Pekovic and Andrew Wiggins. Aside from these two, they will also get Julius Randle, Jose Calderon and Luol Deng.
As noted by the news site, the massive deal will be driven by each team's desire to improve its respective lineups. However, it still doesn't make sense especially given the fact that the contracts of many of these players are preventing them from getting traded. This especially applies to the Los Angeles organization, which recently signed new contracts with Clarkson and Deng.