Rumor: The Knicks might keep Carmelo Anthony
By Tevin Williams
Apparently, the Knicks are considering bringing Carmelo Anthony back to training camp.
Now we have another report in addition to the previous three dozen Carmelo Anthony trade rumors.
We already know that the New York Knicks want to rebuild without Carmelo Anthony. Previously, Anthony would waive his no-trade clause for the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers.
After the Kyrie Irving and general manager mess in Cleveland, Anthony nixed the Cavs and made Houston his target destination. Many reports claimed that a deal was close between the Knicks and Rockets, but the fuse burned out.
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The latest report is from Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, and it isn’t good news for Rockets fans.
With the Knicks front office situation settled, the prevailing thought in NBA circles is that the Knicks are not going to agree to the long-rumored trade with the Houston Rockets. The commentary coming out of New York is that a Houston deal offers nothing of real value to the Knicks and moving Carmelo simply to take on contracts and players they do not want or view as pieces of the future is not appealing or agreeable to Knicks leadership.
The Knicks want to move on from Anthony, but not at the expense of acquiring unwanted players.
New York is rebuilding around Kristaps Porzingis, and they’re looking for players that are 25 and under. Houston’s trade chips, Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson, don’t fit the mold and New York is bulking on a deal.
There have been talks of bringing in a third or fourth team to complete a deal, but that comes with its own set of challenges. Each additional team extracts value from any proposed trade package, which dilutes the deal for New York.
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Carmelo Anthony could still be a Knick when the regular season starts on October 17. If the franchises need some help putting together a three-team deal, they should check out Maxwell Ogdon’s trade proposal from the Daily Knicks.