The Knicks and Rockets are back at it.
That doesn’t mean they are any closer to a deal.
The Knicks want to trade Carmelo Anthony so they can build around Kristaps Porzingis. ‘Melo is good with that so long as he is traded only to Houston (he has the no-trade clause to get his way, and with the Kyrie Irving situation Cleveland is now off the table). The Rockets would love to add Anthony, but they need a third team to take on Ryan Anderson‘s contract (three years, $60 million, the Knicks don’t want it) and no team has been willing to do that without serious sweeteners — such as two high first round picks. Not many teams have the space to do it period. Talks stalled out before because no third team could be found.
The New York Knicks and Houston Rockets have re-engaged on trade talks involving 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony, with the Rockets again canvassing third-team trade partners to construct a deal, league sources told ESPN.
Anthony remains steadfast that he only plans to waive his no-trade clause for the Rockets and refuses to expand his list to include more possible destinations, league sources said….
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 are saying no trade is better than a bad trade. They are right. They technically don’t have to trade Anthony.
However, bringing Anthony into training camp would create a media circus. Plus, the Knicks want to start focusing their rebuild around Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. (and maybe Frank Ntilikina), and having Anthony on the floor is going to mean he gets a lot of shots, which could slow the development of the Knicks young stars.
The rumors aren’t going anywhere, the two sides can talk all they want, but until some team is found that is willing to take on Anderson nothing has changed.