The Houston Rockets are in pursuit of 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony, but there have been some holdups on the trade with the New York Knicks.
The Knicks are hesitant to take by Ryan Anderson since he is owed over $60 million during the next three seasons, so the Rockets will need to get at least one or two more teams involved to make the trade work.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst doesn’t believe the trade will happen, and he called a potential four-team trade a “pipe dream” during an appearance on “The Basketball Analogy Podcast.”
“A three team trade is a no-team trade. A four-team trade is a pipe dream,” Windhorst said. “Obviously they happen, so it’s not like a zero-percent chance. Basically, at the end of the day, Melo will waive his no-trade to go to the Rockets, he may even waive all or part of his trade bonus. He’s ready to go to Houston. Houston is ready to have him.
“Apparently any bad blood between him and (Houston head coach Mike) D’Antoni has been temporarily solved, dating from the Knick years. The Rockets want him and the Knicks want to trade him, but they can’t agree on a trade. They want to trade Ryan Anderson for him.”
Anderson’s contract will be tough to trade considering he is due $19.5 million next year, and that increases to over $20 million during the last two years of his deal.
The Rockets have better assets to trade than Anderson—namely center Clint Capela and small forward Trevor Ariza—and both are on team-friendly contracts. But the team is unlikely to part ways with either because they value both and think they need both to compete for a championship.
If the two sides can’t agree to a deal, the Rockets can wait for the Knicks to buyout Anthony’s contract, which would likely happen if they can’t trade him. The main concern with waiting for a buyout is that Anthony could choose to join the Cleveland Cavaliers instead.
If Houston can find someone to take on Anderson’s contract, then the two sides can likely work out a deal. Otherwise, they will have to play the waiting game for Anthony.
(h/t The Spun)