Melo might be in a Knicks uniform when training camp starts and maybe even when the season begins, but the Rockets are on his tail once again.
The “Carmelo Anthony leaving the New York Knicks for the Houston Rockets” train is back on board. After hiring new general manager Scott Perry, trade talks stalled as they attempted to convince Melo to have a fresh start with the Knicks. However, Melo’s desire to leave New York is still there and trade talks have started to pick up once more, according to ESPN.
One reason why a Carmelo-to-Houston trade has not happened is due to the situation surrounding Ryan Anderson, who seems to be the only way the Rockets can acquire Carmelo. With Anderson set to earn $60 million over the next three seasons, the Rockets have to shed his contract off of their books, but the Knicks aren’t interested in acquiring Anderson in a deal for Melo.
New York has their sights set on their young, prolific scorer Tim Hardaway Jr. with hopes he becomes the team’s star to pair with Kristaps Porzingis in the wake of Anthony’s departure. Youth is an important emphasis for the Knicks moving forward, and shedding Anthony’s contract could allow them to acquire younger and cheaper pieces in a return.
Right now, the Rockets are trying to find a third team who can take on Anderson’s contract and ship out another player or asset to New York. Once the Rockets find a third-team, this trade should be nearly completed.
The Rockets are the only option for Melo as of now, but the Knicks executives have tried to convince Melo to put other teams on his wish list according to Ashish Mathur of Amico Hoops.
There’s a possibility that Melo will be in a Knicks uniform when training camp starts no matter how he feels about the organization. The Knicks aren’t trying to make the same mistake the Indiana Pacers front office did with Paul George by selling low and pulling the trigger too quick.
The Knicks remain willing to start training camp with Anthony, 33, on the roster, and a real scenario exists where the Rockets and Anthony remain patient that a deal could have to wait until the regular season is underway, league sources said. The Knicks want to trend younger, building around Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. Anthony playing a significant role could stifle their development.
In addition, if the Knicks open up the season with Melo on the roster, he has stated he will be more open to waive his no-trade clause to go to another team, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Another team that has appeared in rumors over the last few months has been the Portland Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum continue to be in the ear of Melo about coming to the Portland Trailblazers. Last week, Melo played a pick-up game with McCollum and they looked fairly well playing together.
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