The Houston Rockets pulled off the surprise of the summer by landing Chris Paul in a trade before free agency began. Since then, general manager Daryl Morey has reportedly been focusing most of his efforts on landing Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks.
Discussions between the two teams seemed to have slowed down in recent weeks, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday that the Rockets have recently re-engaged the Knicks in an attempt to revive a potential deal. As expected, the Rockets have attempted to lure a third team into trade talks, as well.
However, Wojnarowski adds that “no pathway has emerged” directly toward a deal between the Knicks and Rockets. Houston has found it difficult to find a taker for forward Ryan Anderson, who has three years and $60 million left on a deal he signed with the Rockets last summer. The Knicks reportedly have no interest in taking on Anderson’s long-term deal in order to dump Anthony.
The Rockets reportedly made “significant progress” on an Anthony trade when Phil Jackson was running the Knicks’ front office, but things changed when Jackson was replaced with Scott Perry. Wojnarowski says that Perry has been “far more particular” about what he wants in return for the All-Star forward.
New York is reportedly willing to hang onto Anthony into training camp and see whether a better deal comes along. A very realistic possibility is that any trade involving Anthony does not go down until after the regular season has begun.
The Knicks attempted to convince Anthony to stay in New York after the hiring of Perry, but they were reportedly unsuccessful. Anthony has indicated that he would waive his no-trade clause in order to help facilitate a trade to the Rockets.