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The Houston Rockets and New York Knicks are continuing their trade discussions centered around star forward Carmelo Anthony, according to a report by ESPN.
Anthony has a full no-trade clause and he is reportedly willing to waive it to join the Rockets to team up with Chris Paul and James Harden.
According to the report, New York and Houston are considering a four-team trade scenario in order to make a deal work for both sides.
Sources: Knicks, Rockets working on Carmelo Anthony trade scenarios that include four-team deals. Sides motivated but no agreement imminent.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2017
Per ESPN’s Ian Begley, Anthony and his camp are confident the Knicks will get a deal done with the Rockets.
The Knicks reportedly do not want to take back the contract of Rockets forward Ryan Anderson, who signed a four-year, $80 million deal in 2016-17 — with all $80 million guaranteed.
Houston’s Trevor Ariza is a name that has been linked in a potential Anthony-to-Rockets deal, although it’s hard to say who could end up where if four teams are involved.
ESPN did not mention the other teams involved in the discussions, though one league source told Amico Hoops the Portland Trail Blazers could be one.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have also held trade discussions involving the Knicks, but are having a hard time engaging other teams or finding salaries to match that of Anthony.