Mar 31, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) dribbles the ball during the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Golden State Warriors eyeing Carmelo Anthony

New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony made it clear that he would be willing to play for Steve Kerr when the Knicks were pursuing the TNT analyst to become their next head coach.

Apr 4, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) controls the ball against the Washington Wizards during the fourth quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. The Wizards defeated the Knicks 90-89. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

That could still be the case, even though Kerr is now the coach of the Golden State Warriors.

Now that Kerr is in place as the Warriors head coach, it looks as if they are attempting to load up by trying to acquire Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves. If Love can’t be had, their Plan B looks to be Melo, according to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group.

Thompson writes that Golden State will attempt to deal David Lee and even shooting guard Klay Thompson is order to acquire Love, Anthony or Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo.

Lee could in essence be a one-year rental for the Magic. After next season, he becomes a chunky expiring contract Orlando could use. At most, two years of that $15M+ salary is probably something Orlando would swallow if it means it can book 18 and 10 every night.

Afflalo factors in if the Warriors have to move Klay Thompson. If Minnesota doesn’t want Lee and the Warriors have to put together a package centered on Thompson (say Thompson, Barnes and Speights), the Warriors could be fine with that if they can send Lee to Orlando and come away with Afflalo to replace Thompson. If Love goes elsewhere, which is likely, the Warriors could package Lee and Thompson to get someone like Carmelo Anthony, then try to pull off a separate deal to get Afflalo. He plays both ends and he can shoot the 3. Plus, Love and GM Bob Myers would welcome another Bruin to the mix.

At the end of the day it makes sense that the Warriors would want to pair another big time superstar with Stephen Curry, but it seems highly unlikely they would be able to do so.

But while it seems unlikely right now that the Knicks would move Melo to Golden State, you can’t rule it out.

The only thing that is certain right now is that in addition to teams like the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls, you can add the Warriors as potential serious players in the Anthony sweepstakes that will officially begin July 1.

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