After pausing trade talks involving Carmelo Anthony shortly after hiring new general manager Scott Perry in mid-July, the New York Knicks have resumed conversations with the Houston Rockets in the hopes of getting a deal done, according to a report by ESPN.
The main hurdle continues to be finding a third team to take on the contract of Rockets forward Ryan Anderson, who is owed $60 million over the next three years.
The Knicks have tried to convince Anthony to expand his trade wish list, but the 10-time All-Star remains adamant on joining Chris Paul and James Harden in Houston.
ESPN is also reporting that New York is willing to begin training camp with Anthony still on the roster if they can’t find a deal to their liking.
The Knicks remain willing to start training camp with Anthony, 33, on the roster, and a real scenario exists where the Rockets and Anthony remain patient that a deal could have to wait until the regular season is underway, league sources said. The Knicks want to trend younger, building around Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. Anthony playing a significant role could stifle their development.
Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers have been in the ear of Anthony trying to persuade him to waive his no-trade clause to join them.
Anthony and his camp, though, are set on playing for the Rockets and expect a deal to get done.