Report: Knicks ‘not close’ in any Melo deal

The Knicks have reportedly made no progress in finding Carmelo Anthony a new home.

Carmelo Anthony is somehow still a member of the New York Knicks and it appears he could begin the season on the roster if things don’t change in the coming weeks.

According to a report by ESPN, the Knicks are “not close” in any trade involving Anthony, and while New York’s brass continues to have dialogue with the Houston Rockets, the two sides are still at an impasse.

Per Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

As of last week, the New York Knicks were “not close” on any deal involving Anthony, per league sources. They’ve talked on and off with the Houston Rockets for much of the summer, but there’s been no recent momentum toward a deal.

The Knicks have told people around the league recently that Houston simply doesn’t have anything that appeals to them.

Back in July, the Rockets and Knicks were said to be “at the two-yard line” with the Melo trade, but a third team was needed to take on the contract of Ryan Anderson (three-year, $60M) and apparently no general manager in the league is willing to do that.

ESPN New York is also reporting Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker was mentioned briefly in trade talks, but no traction toward a deal was made.

The Knicks remain adamant on getting some combination of a young player, draft pick or expiring contract in return for Anthony, who is set on joining his pal Chris Paul and 2017 MVP runner-up James Harden in Houston.