Carmelo Anthony would reportedly waive $8 million trade kicker for Rockets

Erica Murray
July 25, 2017

There is a link between Anthony and the Thunder - Oklahoma City's assistant general manager, Troy Weaver, recruited him to Syracuse. While the Houston Rockets have been front runners for the troubled New York Knicks forward for a month now, another team has entered the mix.

Anthony, of course, has a no-trade clause, so both he and NY would have to approve anything that could happen. The 10-time All-Star was willing to waive his no-trade clause only if he was to be dealt to either the Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers.

If Anthony and Weaver are still close, and it appears as though they are, then it stands to reason that Simmons' report about Anthony's interest in the Thunder could prove true.

Anthony is due $26.2 million next season and can become an unrestricted free agent in 2018 should he opt out of the final year of his deal.

In order for a trade to work, the Knicks would probably have to take back Enes Kanter. Other than the ability to match up salaries and potentially get Anthony's blessing, the Thunder are far from an ideal trade partner for NY.

Of course, a third team could get involved, potentially sweetening the pot for NY.

Despite Jackson's dismissal, Anthony still seems to want out. The Rockets were long considered the front-runner to land Anthony, but issues have popped up in those talks as the Knicks are trying not to bring in a contract like Ryan Anderson's in return for Anthony. However, everyone would still be looking up at the Golden State Warriors.

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