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Carmelo Anthony still focused on signing with the Rockets

MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 08: Carmelo Anthony
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 08: Carmelo Anthony

Despite rumblings of a possible deal to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Carmelo Anthony is still focused on going the Houston Rockets.

Carmelo Anthony does not want to swap places with Kyrie Irving.

On Friday, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that Kyrie Irving asked the Cleveland Cavaliers to trade him last week.

Irving listed the Spurs, Wolves, Knicks and Heat as his preferred destinations. Although, any team with an open point guard position will likely pursue Irving.

The Knicks want to send Carmelo Anthony and future first-round picks to Cleveland for Irving, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley.

Sure, Irving listed four preferred trade destinations to Cleveland’s front office, but he doesn’t have a no-trade clause in his contract like Carmelo. Previously, Houston and Cleveland were the only teams that Anthony was willing to waive his no-trade clause for.

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Houston is Carmelo’s top choice

According to New York Daily News’ Frank Isola, sources close to Carmelo Anthony said that the star is still “focused” on going to Houston, even after the Kyrie trade news broke.

Anthony isn’t too high on waiving his no-trade clause for a Cavaliers team that doesn’t have Kyrie Irving. It makes sense. A trio of Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony makes a lot more sense than James, Anthony and Kevin Love.

There is a lot of speculation that James may bolt to L.A. in 2018, and Love has been in the center of trade rumors since he arrived in Cleveland. The Cavs’ veteran role players are starting to age and Melo doesn’t want to join the same situation he just escaped in New York.

Things are falling apart in Cleveland. If LeBron decides to leave, they may not win a championship for another 50 years.

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Meanwhile, the Rockets are one of the most stable organizations in the NBA. Chris Paul just signed a fresh deal this offseason and James Harden is locked into a contract until 2023. Not to mention the additions of defensive specialists Luc Mbah a Moute and P.J. Tucker.