Report: Rockets, Knicks re-engage in trade talks for Carmelo Anthony
The New York Knicks and have re-opened trade talks with the Houston Rockets for All-Star swingman Carmelo Anthony, discussing a potential third team partner to facilitate a deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Talks between the two teams had stalled after the hiring of general manager Scott Perry, but had to eventually rev up again due to Anthony’s insistence in only dropping his trade clause to join the Rockets.
The Rockets are still pursuing a potential bundle with forward Ryan Anderson, who has three years and $60 million left in his contract.
While the two teams had advanced progress under president Phil Jackson, that progress has taken a back seat after Steve Mills took over the presidency, being far more particular about the pieces involved.
New York has been hellbent on finding a different team to take on Anderson’s loaded contract, but the two franchises have been unsuccessful in finding a third or even a fourth party to add to the mix.
The Knicks are willing to start training camp with Anthony on the roster, but the latter has remained intent on that being a pointless move for him and his career, expressing his discontent to the front office.
While the Portland Trail Blazers star backcourt and the organization have expressed deep interest in his services, Melo has kept his eyes on the prize, honing into Houston as his one-and-only destination.
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