Pelicans emerge as third party in Carmelo talks

Carmelo Anthony will only waive his no-trade clause for the Rockets and refuses to expand his list.

The New York Knicks and Houston Rockets keep talking and trying and talking some more in hopes of creating a trade centered on Carmelo Anthony, and it appears they have found some help.

Or at least another team expressing interest.

According to a report from the New York Post, the New Orleans Pelicans are a third team that has been drawn into the Rockets-Knicks discussions for Anthony.

But Pelicans or no, those discussions, and a trade of Anthony to the Rockets, still appear far from settled.

Per the Post: “As much as Anthony’s camp is pressing the Knicks to complete a trade this week, nothing is imminent or expected to happen until well after the press conference, according to multiple NBA sources. The Knicks and Rockets are getting closer, but they have work to do.”

Anthony has indicated he would waive the no-trade clause in his contract for two teams: the Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers. But neither has had much luck making things work — and while the Cavs are still hoping to sneak in and somehow steal Anthony away, the Rockets appear to be the frontrunners.

Especially if a team such as the Pelicans gets involved and decides to take on the contract of Rockets forward Ryan Anderson, whose large salary is said to be a sticking point between the Rockets and Knicks.

Earlier, there were reports of four teams potentially being involved, though that may have been a stretch. A fourth team, it seems, is wanted, but not found.

Either way, the Rockets appear determined to pair Anthony with James Harden and newcomer Chris Paul.

“According to sources, Knicks acting president Steve Mills is so preoccupied on trying to figure out a way to move Anthony to the Rockets in a multi-team deal that he’s unable to focus fully on landing a veteran point guard,” the Post wrote.

As for the Cavs, it appears they continue to set their sights on a third team, as word is they will not trade power forward Kevin Love straight up in a deal for Anthony. (Amico Hoops poll.)

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