Report: Carmelo Anthony trade ‘at the two-yard line’

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The Knicks and Rockets are discussing a four-team trade that would send Carmelo Anthony to Houston.

Could it actually happen?

Stefan Bondy and Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

A deal that would end the Carmelo Anthony era in New York and reunite the All Star forward with Mike D’Antoni in Houston “is at the two yard line” a person familiar with the trade negotiations told the Daily News.

New York is motivated to move Anthony. Houston is motivated to acquire him. Anthony is motivated to join the Rockets.

So, a trade could definitely happen.

But making the salaries match will always be a significant hurdle. Again, it’s possible the Knicks and Rockets find a mysterious third – or fourth – team to take Ryan Anderson. But teams in New York’s and Houston’s positions often get caught up in wishful thinking about moving undesirable players, believing another team is more willing to accept burdensome salary than reality dictates.

Is that the case here, or Anthony truly just two yards from joining the Rockets? We’ll see soon enough.