Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki have company.
Though other players can veto trades based on external conditions – e.g., accepting a qualifying offer – only those four had no-trade clauses specifically negotiated into their contracts.
Carmelo Anthony will join them.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:
Carmelo Anthony has more power than you think. According to a league source, his new deal includes a no-trade clause, Daily News has learned
8:03 PM - 15 Jul 2014
Remember this theory relayed by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports?
Within Anthony's circle, belief's been this, sources tell Y: Get NY's $129M now, figure out destination later. You can always get a trade.
That idea is much more interesting now. If Melo ever wants a trade, he can essentially dictate his destination. It’s not quite as good as free agency, but it’s closer than ever. As the salary cap increases and contracts shorten, more teams will be positioned to trade for Melo if he requests.
The Knicks, by giving Melo this no-trade clause, lose a lot of leverage if he ever hits the trade block. Phil Jackson certainly hopes it never comes to that.