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Carmelo Anthony still prefers Rockets over Cavaliers

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Carmelo Anthony
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Carmelo Anthony
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Carmelo Anthony’s target destination is still H-Town.

Despite all of the trade rumors surrounding Kyrie Irving and Carmelo Anthony, one thing has remained the same: Anthony still prefers the Houston Rockets over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier this month that Anthony expected the Knicks to continue trade talks with Houston.

According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, Anthony’s preferred destination remains in Houston. Things move very fast in the NBA, because one change in circumstance can shift everyone’s perspective. But Carmelo has his mind set on Houston.

New York, Minnesota and Phoenix are interested in Irving, but the Knicks can offer the best package. Minnesota is looking at Kyrie, but it’s unclear if they are willing to part with Andrew Wiggins.

To be clear: Said Wolves are exploring Kyrie trades w/incredible seriousness. Still don't know if they would part w/Wiggins to do it. https://t.co/l060XdXZzd

— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 26, 2017

The Suns are also interested in Irving’s services, and they’re willing to part with Eric Bledsoe but not Josh Jackson.

The Phoenix Suns will NOT include Josh Jackson in any trade for Kyrie Irving.

— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) July 25, 2017

The Cavaliers want to receive a haul in return for their star point guard, and New York’s current offerings are insufficient. The Knicks are willing to trade Melo and multiple first-round picks for Irving, but Kristaps Porzingis is off the table according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Instead, the Knicks prefer to pair a star point guard with Porzingis, not trade him away.

If the Cavs change their minds about an Anthony-for-Irving deal, Carmelo would still need to waive his no-trade clause. Such complex scenarios make a Cavaliers-Knicks deal unlikely.

According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Anthony’s camp is optimistic that a deal with Houston will happen. The Oklahoma City Thunder’s interest in Anthony is legitimate, but Melo heading to OKC isn’t likely, reported Isola.

After landing Chris Paul in perhaps the biggest splash of the summer, the Rockets are still the favorites to acquire 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony. Things are looking sunny in Houston!

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