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Carmelo Anthony’s no-trade clause has been one of the main sticking points in all of the New York Knicks’ negotiations with teams so far this offseason. He would be  unwilling to go most places in a trade and there has been talk of a buyout to just swallow his contract and move on from him, but apparently he’s now open to getting traded to two contenders.

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Both of those teams would become instant contenders should Anthony join them, but finding room for his contract would likely be the big issue as both teams are paying a couple of superstars right now. Houston is paying James Harden and Chris Paul while the Cavaliers are paying LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson big money.

Anthony’s current contract is paying him $54 million over the next two years and he’s got a potential $8.1 million trade kicker should he be dealt. He averaged 22.4 points, 2.9 assists and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 43.3 percent overall from the floor.

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