The Knicks have very little leverage with Carmelo Anthony. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks clearly want to move on from Carmelo Anthony this offseason, but they may end up having to pay his salary whether they keep him or not.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports that there are “a lot” of teams with interest in Anthony, but none of them want to pay the aging superstar the more than $25 million he is owed in each of the next two seasons.

As Isola notes, Jackson has forfeited any leverage he may have had by saying publicly that Anthony would be better off elsewhere. The relationship between Jackson and Anthony is damaged beyond repair, so teams would rather just wait for the 32-year-old (he’ll soon be 33) to be waived or negotiate a buyout with the team.

One team that was linked to Anthony at the trade deadline was the Boston Celtics, and a recent report claimed they were very close to working out a deal with the Knicks. Still, Isola sees that as a long shot this summer.

Anthony is owed $26.2 million next season before he can opt out of his deal, but he has no reason to opt out of the nearly $28 million he is owed the following year. Carmelo will turn 35 before the 2018-2019 season, and no one else is going to pay him a salary like that.

Given what Jackson said about Anthony recently and how Carmelo responded on Instagram, a buyout or release seems like the most likely outcome.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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