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Report | Knicks pause Carmelo Anthony trade talks

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) defends New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Carmelo Anthony’s future with the New York Knicks has been a point of discussion for the franchise for quite some time, with former team president Phil Jackson saying that Anthony’s future was not in the Big Apple. The team still looking to deal him after Jackson’s dismissal.

New York may still move Anthony, but according to ESPN.com the team has paused trade discussions with the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers. This shift comes one day after it was reported that the team was moving closer to dealing Anthony to Houston.

New York reportedly filled its general manager vacancy on Thursday, hiring Sacramento Kings vice president of basketball operations Scott Perry. Perry is expected to work under Steve Mills, who will be moved up from general manager to the team president role left vacant since Jackson’s ouster.

According to the ESPN.com report, the front-office personnel changes have led to Mills reconsidering the option of trading Anthony. If the Knicks were to keep Anthony, the question then is how receptive he would be to a return.

Anthony has two seasons and just over $55 million remaining on his contract, and there’s a no-trade clause to take into consideration as well. It’s been reported that Houston is one of the teams Anthony would waive the clause for, with the Rockets being led by James Harden and adding Chris Paul via trade in late June.

The issue for New York, regardless of who will call the shots in the front office, is what kind of value they’ll get in return. With the goal being to get Anthony’s contract off the books while limiting the amount of guaranteed money they accept in return, New York may find it tough to receive full value for Anthony on the trade market.

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