With the Cavaliers trading Kyrie Irving to Boston, will the Melo talks speed up for the Houston Rockets?
While training camps for all 30 NBA teams are around the corner, the NBA world has many familiar faces in new places. The latest pair to swap places? Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas. But could this trade have more of an impact on the Houston Rockets? It just might.
Although Carmelo Anthony and Lebron James are banana boat buddies, the Knicks wouldn’t budge on a trade including Melo and Kristaps Porzingis. Now with Irving in Boston, Melo may have his chance to land in Houston.
Why the New York Knicks would pass on Kyrie Irving is beyond anyone’s guess. Perhaps they were hoping a certain “unicorn” wouldn’t be involved. Maybe the Knicks really do want to keep Melo. While the rumors swirl around make no mistake: the Irving trade may indeed speed up the Melo process. New York will have to do some soul searching because they will not get a dream deal for Melo. Sorry, Knicks fans.
At this point, the Knicks would be smart to trade Melo now while offers still come in. The more they wait, the more frustrated teams interested will become. The Houston Rockets still have Ryan Anderson to offer, but the deal breakers are still Eric Gordon and a third team.
Until Houston and New York can agree on a package that doesn’t surrender our sixth man, nothing will change. Nonetheless, the Irving trade to bean town certainly opens Houston’s chances of landing Melo. With many offers likely to disappoint the Knicks, how long do they keep a front up? Will they really hold on to Melo that long? So many questions left before the season starts.
Hold your breath, Rockets fans. In true Kevin Garnett fashion, “Anything is possible!” But until then, The Houston Rockets should just wait until the Knicks decide to keep Melo, or crack and surrender him for any current offers. Maybe Cleveland still has a surprise package to offer, though Melo remains focused on coming to H-town.
Will the Melo process speed up and actually happen? Time will tell. Oh, Ryan Anderson. Such a big contract to deal with.