All the trade scenarios involving Carmelo Anthony going to the Cavs for Kyrie Irving may need to be put to rest, as a new report from the New York Post has Anthony not interested at all in heading to Cleveland.
Anthony, 33, has a no-trade clause and apparently will only waive it to go to the Houston Rockets. Read this from Marc Berman:
Phil Jackson is out as president, but the franchise’s strategy hasn’t changed much. A stalemate has ensued as sources indicate Anthony only wishes to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Rockets. Not even Cleveland, which is in turmoil, is good enough for Anthony as the Cavaliers are dealing with Kyrie Irving’s trade demand.
That's an interesting decision for Anthony, as a trade between the Knicks and Cavs does seem to make a lot of sense. Anthony would go play with LeBron and have the best chance of his career to win in the playoffs. Irving would go play nearby where he grew up in New Jersey and get the spotlight as a franchise player he covets. He and Kristaps Porzingis would form a dynamic young tandem.
But Anthony doesn't want that to go down, evidently, and that could make trading him difficult. The Rockets don't have much to offer after already parting with so much to land Chris Paul.
If Anthony does end up leaving the East, it would be yet another star departing the conference. Though the Knicks weren't good last year, Anthony going to the West would make the East slightly weaker.
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