Anthony's contract currently prohibits that, as he has a no-trade clause. He is due $26 million next season. The 10-time All-Star has an option for early termination for the 2018 season, when he could be on the books for $27.9 million. Anthony also has a trade kicker (bonus if traded) for $11.7 million.
The No. 3 overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft joined the Knicks in 2011 after a blockbuster trade. That exchange sent Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, Renaldo Balkman and Sheldon Williams to the Knicks. The Denver Nuggets collected Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, several draft picks and cash in the trade. The Minnesota Timberwolves were also involved in the deal.
Anthony signed a five-year, $124 million contract in 2014 with the Knicks under Jackson.
The relationship between the Knicks' former president and the franchise player deteriorated, before reaching its summit Wednesday when the Knicks parted ways with the Hall of Fame coach-turned-executive.
Jackson's tumultuous tenure involved a lot of losing, many trades and several coaches. During a December interview with CBS, he called out Anthony for holding the ball too long.
Anthony told Newsday that he would "consider" waiving his no-trade clause, but said he wants to remain with the franchise.
After various trade rumors, Jackson returned to the subject in April. He told reporters that Anthony would be "better off somewhere else."
In February, Anthony told USA Today that he "never thought" he would be anywhere else. He added that he didn't give the Knicks "any indication" that he would waive his no-trade clause.
Jackson returned to his comments last week, telling ESPN that it "might be time for him [Anthony] to find an opportunity to go somewhere else."
League sources told ESPN that Anthony's camp discussed a buyout with the Knicks a day before the franchise fired Jackson. On Wednesday the network reported that Anthony wants to be bought out of his contract and leave the Knicks to join Chris Paul and James Harden on the Houston Rockets.