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The Cavs Are The Favorite To Land Carmelo If He's Bought Out

Cleveland is reportedly the favorite if he's bought out.

If Carmelo Anthony is bought out by the Knicks - and that's a huge "if" - he could be Cleveland bound.

ESPN is reporting that the Cavs are the leading candidate to land the All-Star forward if New York decides to buy out his contract.

Phil Jackson has made it clear that it's probably best for the Knicks to move on from Anthony, but buying him out would be a costly move.

Anthony, 33, has two years and $54.2 million left on his contract. If New York buys out his contract and decides to stretch out the cap hit, the hit would be roughly $11 million for the next five years.

Whether it comes as a buyout or via a trade, though, it's tough to imagine Anthony being a Knick for the next two seasons.

"We'd like him to have success," Jackson said in May, per Nick Friedell and Ian Begley of"The opportunity is narrowing. We'd just like him to have success somewhere. We're not going to be there. Hopefully, we'll be maybe a playoff team next year. It would be tough to consider us a possible champion."

We're not sure how much closer to Golden State an Anthony addition would put the Cavs, but they'd be funner to watch.