Rockets, Knicks re-engage in trade talks for Carmelo Anthony

Lynette Rowe
August 11, 2017

The 10-time All-Star with a no-trade clause is holding the cards, saying he won't waive the NTC unless he is dealt to the Houston Rockets. The possibility for him to be traded to teams like the Cavs, Thunder, Pelicans and Blazers is there, but Anthony won't budge.

The Knicks and Rockets had reportedly been exploring three- and four-team trades because Houston is looking to move power forward Ryan Anderson, who is owed $61.3 million over the next three seasons - a contract the Knicks, who are now only about $1.5 million under the salary cap, would rather not take on.

According to Wojnarowski, the Rockets are searching for another team to swing the blockbuster deal to add Anthony to an already stacked roster featuring James Harden and Chris Paul. If a trade were completed, Anthony would join Cousins, Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday to make a very talented foursome, one that could even make some noise in the Western Conference.

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I've reached out to everybody. Anthony still seems set on the Rockets. It's just about getting better.

While the Knicks are open to starting training camp with Anthony still on the roster, moving the 33-year-old forward would help NY accelerate its rebuilding process around younger talent such as Kristaps Porzingis.

With Harden and Paul on the roster, the Rockets, who reached the Western Conference semifinals last season, are looking for one more piece to establish themselves as serious contenders for the National Basketball Association title. However, Basketball Insiders' Michael Sotto has reported that the forward is joining the team on a one-year deal. Anthony playing a significant role could stifle their development.

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