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New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is not willing to waive his no-trade clause to join the Portland Trail Blazers, according to a report from ESPN.
Anthony, 33, reportedly remains determined to get to one of two places — Houston, or Cleveland. ESPN reported Sunday that the Trail Blazers are intending to work on a deal for Anthony.
A few Trail Blazers players have even started to recruit Anthony, according to ESPN.
“Portland’s players are reaching out to Melo,” NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said on an ESPN basketball show. “Portland would love to get involved in this and become a team that Melo would consider. … They would like for Carmelo to waive his no-trade and go to Portland, but right now, that’s not something Melo’s considering.”
None of this is likely to deter the Blazers from trying to change Anthony’s mind, or to stop recruiting the 10-time All-Star.
“Portland believes the addition of a player such as Anthony would furnish it with talent and depth comparable to those of the top Western Conference contenders, except for the Golden State Warriors, league sources said,” ESPN wrote. “Because of that, the Blazers have little, if any, inclination to facilitate an Anthony deal that would land him with a Western Conference rival such as Houston, league sources said.”
The Knicks also aren’t ruling out an Anthony return.
According to the New York Post: “During a Tarrytown press conference Monday to introduce Scott Perry as the new general manager and hail Steve Mills’ promotion, the new Knicks braintrust signaled a trade of Anthony, the fading star, is not a certainty and said he could ‘easily be part of the team.'”