Rumor: Knicks likely to trade Carmelo Anthony to Rockets this week

Brandon Dill  Associated Press

Troy Weaver, the Thunder's assistant GM, recruited Anthony to Syracuse, and that relationship could help pave the way to Anthony accepting a trade there, according to Simmons. The Knicks would obviously need some actual return for Melo, and no matter how much Phil Jackson depressed Anthony's trade value, Anderson's albatross of a salary would simply be unpalatable for a team trying to build around Kristaps Porzingis.

Anthony has a full no-trade clause in his contract with the Knicks in addition to the trade kicker, and he is obviously willing to do anything he can to facilitate a trade to Houston. It's been previously reported that he would only waive the clause for Houston or Cleveland, but a chance to team up with reigning MVP Russell Westbrook and George might be too good for him to pass up. Kyle Singler's $4.6 million works, but he's also Kyle Singler.

During the 2016-17 season, Anthony, a 10-time NBA All-Star, averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.




Maybe the Knicks would be more willing to take on Kanter's contract if they could also get a first-round pick. So, Anthony is in a similar situation to Westbrook and the newly-acquired Paul George. There are major hurdles, and the Knicks don't like the offers they've gotten so far, which is why they pulled back (not because of the Scott Perry hiring or some desire to change Anthony's mind).

Trading for Anthony and failing to have any postseason success, however, could leave the Thunder deplete of talent in 2018.

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