New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony wants to play for the Houston Rockets and only the Houston Rockets, according to the New York Post.
Anthony, who has a no-trade clause, was originally suspected to be interested in joining good friend LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, which would be ideal for the Knicks, who are among the teams listed on Cavs All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving’s trade wish list.
However, Cleveland’s lack of stability in the front office has reportedly scared off Melo, who will reportedly only waive his clause if traded to Houston.
From the Post:
“A stalemate has ensued as sources indicate Anthony only wishes to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Rockets. Not even Cleveland, which is in turmoil, is good enough for Anthony as the Cavaliers are dealing with Kyrie Irving’s trade demand.”
“Further exacerbating James’ frustration is the Cavs were close to making a deal for then-Chicago Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler the day Gilbert decided to mutually part ways with Griffin and Redden, two people familiar with negotiations told USA TODAY Sports. They requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the negotiations,” Zilligitt wrote on Tuesday.
Instead, the Bulls shipped Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves just a few days later on draft night, while the Cavs have only added Jose Calderon, Jeff Green and Cedi Osman this offseason.
Anthony has been rumored to be on the trade block throughout the offseason due to his tumultuous relationship with former president Phil Jackson. Despite Jackson’s departure, it doesn’t look like his situation with the Knicks is reconcilable.