A team originally rumored to help the Rockets acquire Carmelo Anthony now has their eyes set on him.
The Portland Trail Blazers are a team that now has their eyes set on Carmelo Anthony. While it is unlikely that he will waive his no-trade clause for Portland, that option is still there for Anthony and we will have to see what he ends up doing.
The Blazers were rumored to be a part of the massive trade that would send Melo to Houston a week or so ago, but now it seems like they are interested in having the All-Star for themselves.
Why Carmelo Anthony Would Choose Houston
Carmelo Anthony has been the main topic of the month of July for the Houston Rockets. After acquiring Chris Paul in a massive trade, the Rockets set their eyes on Melo to pair with him and Harden.
It would make more sense for Melo to choose Houston over Portland. One of his best friends, CP3, is now in town and he has always wanted to play with him. Also, Melo has openly stated that he wants to be in Houston and that he would waive his no-trade clause for the Rockets.
Sources on ESPN: As Knicks pursue Carmelo Anthony meeting, 'Melo counting on Houston trade talks to resume. https://t.co/TqXI61Wcnx
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 16, 2017
If Melo were to buy into the D’Antoni system, the Rockets could do some serious damage even in the stacked Western Conference. With Melo, Paul, and Harden, the Rockets could challenge Golden State and that should be attractive to Anthony.
Why Carmelo Anthony Would Choose Portland
The Blazers have a superstar in Damian Lillard and a budding star in C.J. McCollum. They are a team on the rise, and maybe Melo would want to join that. The team itself has more assets to give to New York than the Rockets, so a deal with Portland would be better for the Knicks. McCollum certainly likes the idea of Melo potentially being in Portland:
CJ McCollum wants to see Melo play in Rip City ?
(via 3jmccollum/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/fBRhga1Wcc
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) July 16, 2017
How ’bout no. Hopefully, the Knicks and Carmelo make the right decision and he makes his way to Houston. This whole situation is dragging out far longer than it should and people just want it to be over. Maybe, the Carmelo drama will be over soon.