The Carmelo Anthony saga continues to roll on in the “Big Apple” with the month of July now more than halfway over. While this hardly comes as a surprise, the New York Knicks may have found another potential suitor for Anthony’s services outside of the front-running Houston Rockets.
Even so, it is also worth noting that in order to a trade to ultimately be executed, the veteran forward would need to waive his full no-trade clause.
“One team that New York and Houston had hoped would facilitate a multiteam trade for Anthony — the Portland Trail Blazers — plans to participate in a deal for Anthony only if he decides to expand his no-trade clause to include the Trail Blazers, league sources told ESPN,” writes Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Despite the fact that his no-trade clause still holds true, the 33-year-old All-Star has reportedly agreed to waive such a clause in order to join Rockets’ newcomer Chris Paul in Houston.
“Portland believes the addition of a player such as Anthony would furnish it with talent and depth comparable to those of the top Western Conference contenders, except for the Golden State Warriors, league sources said,” added Wojnarowski. “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.”
Anthony appeared in 74 regular-season games for the Knicks in 2016-17 en route to averaging 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists across a total of 34.3 minutes per contest.