James Harden says Carmelo Anthony trade is out of his hands

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 23: Houston Rockets Guard James Harden (13) looks towards the bench versus Oklahoma City Thunder during the game 4 of the first round of the NBA Western Conference Playoffs on April 23, 2017, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City, OK. (Photo by Torrey Purvey/Icon Sportswire)
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Houston Rockets star James Harden would love his team to acquire New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony through trade, but he says that such a decision is out of his hands, according to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com.

While Harden called Anthony “one of the best players that we have in this league,” he understands that it is the job of general manager Daryl Morey and the Rockets’ front office to decide which players are the best fit for the team.

“I let the front office deal with that,” said Harden, who finished second in Most Valuable Player voting. “If we can get him, obviously he would help our team tremendously. What we have right now in our locker room is pretty good.”

Houston won 55 games and made it to the second round of the playoffs before falling to the San Antonio Spurs in six games last season.

The Rockets have already been busy this summer, landing Chris Paul in a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Now, they are after Anthony, whom the Knicks seemed destined to move until Friday, when it was reported by ESPN that New York may now want to reincorporate the 10-time All-Star into the organization.

Anthony seems to be willing to waive his no-trade clause for Houston.

“That’s out of my hands,” Harden said. “I go out there and put the basketball in the hoop and handle my business.”

Due to a lack of assets as a result of the Paul trade, the Rockets would probably have to get a third team involved to strike a deal for Anthony.

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