Houston Rockets: An update on the Carmelo Anthony situation

By Tevin Williams
Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images
Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images /

Here’s the latest news on the Carmelo Anthony situation.

For the second consecutive offseason, there are plenty of old faces in new jerseys.

Chris Paul, Jimmy Butler and Paul George were included in blockbuster deals earlier in the summer.  Paul Millsap and Gordon Hayward swapped conferences in free agency. And finally, Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas were dealt  in perhaps the biggest trade of the offseason.

Yet, the one player whose departure was thought to be inevitable still remains in New York City.

According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, the New York Knicks are “not close” to finalizing a deal that would send Carmelo Anthony to the Houston Rockets.

According to Begley, the Rockets still lack the assets that would appeal to the Knicks. In order for Houston to take on Melo’s $26 million salary, they would have to move Ryan Anderson ($20 million).

The Knicks, who are looking for young players, have no interest in the 29-year-old. Kristaps Porzingis is the centerpiece of the team, and if a player doesn’t fit around him, than New York will likely pass.

Is Daryl Morey sending out hints?

On Monday evening, the Rockets General Manager, Daryl Morey, caught our attention when he sent out a cryptic tweet.


— Daryl MorΞy ?? (@dmorey) September 5, 2017

Some fans believed it was a reference to a Carmelo Anthony painting that was in the Toyota Center when the Rockets recruited the star in free agency a few years ago.


— Don Dougan (@don_dougan) September 5, 2017

Unfortunately, the tweet was probably directed at tennis star Madison Keys. The American won a tennis match on the same day. It was a glimmer of hope for the fans in Houston that maybe Morey had a deal in the works.

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The Knicks don’t see Carmelo Anthony in their future, that is something they have made painfully clear. He could be traded anywhere between this week and the middle of the regular season. The only surprise would be him finishing the year as a Knick.