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Carmelo Anthony 'counting on' Knicks resuming talks with Rockets

17 July 2017, 04:46 | Charlene Valdez

RUMOR: Carmelo Anthony expects the Knicks will trade him to the Rockets

Chris Paul center holds his new jersey as he is joined by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey left and coach Mike D'Antoni right during a news conference Friday

Previous NBA rumors had the Blazers believed to help Houston get Melo, but now, they're the ones who want Carmelo. Former president of basketball operations Phil Jackson openly stated that he believed Anthony would be better off elsewhere, and Carmelo finally has his sights set on waiving his no-trade clause to play for a contender. After promising 2015-16 seasons, the Blazers took a noticeable step sideways last year and needed a second-half surge to earn the honor of being swept by the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs, as reported by Newsday.

We can all agree that old Will Ferrell is the best Will Ferrell, and clearly the newest member of the Houston Rockets, Chris Paul, concurs with that sentiment. "Because of that, the Blazers have little, if any, inclination to facilitate an Anthony deal that would land him with a Western Conference rival such as Houston, league sources said", added the report.

The Knicks paused trade discussions involving the 10-time NBA All-Star forward as new team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry pursued a meeting with Anthony in the coming days, according to ESPN.


He also made a crack that he would never shoot a midrange shot again since the Rockets rely heavily on the 3-pointer. Hardaway said that he wants Carmelo back with the Knicks. To reach these record sums, Harden has benefited from a special provision in the collective agreements regulating contract extensions, which only a few superstars could benefit. At least one other team would be required to execute such a move, and some have speculated that the Trail Blazers might be a willing participant. And he doesn't plan on bolting for another city anytime soon, per ESPN's Tim MacMahon. My gut tells me that Paul accepts this role, makes tremendous impacts as a secondary initiator, and counters the Spurs-like pick and roll coverages when asked to. The team has young pieces that attract New York (Moe Harkless, Allen Crabbe and Meyers Leonard).

For a trade to work out between the Rockets and the Knicks, a third (and possibly fourth) team may have to be involved.

-Houston Rockets superstar James Harden says he will be in Houston "forever" after officially signing the richest contract in NBA history. "What I'm most excited about is to be on this journey with somebody else who wants it as bad as I do".



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