"As New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry pursue a meeting with Carmelo Anthony in the coming days, league sources told ESPN that the 10-time All-Star is counting on the franchise to carry out its previously agreed upon mandate to trade him to the Houston Rockets," Adrian Wojnarowski reports. "Whatever stance a post-Phil Jackson front office is taking now, Anthony expects the Knicks to resume trade talks soon and honor the franchise's long-standing goal to rebuild without him, league sources said."
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports something very similar.
"From what I understand Carmelo is under the belief that he’s going to the Rockets," a source told Isola. "That’s what the Knicks have been telling us: that they’re trading him. I can’t imagine that after all he went though last season with Phil (Jackson) he’s happy with this."
Anthony has two years and $54 million remaining on his deal, though he can opt out after the 2017-18 season. He averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this past season.
The Rockets and Knicks have had issues working out a trade, in large part because of the salaries. The Rockets need to include Ryan Anderson in a deal, but New York (and no other team) apparently wants him. The Blazers were a potential third team in a trade, but they apparently want Carmelo for themselves. However, Anthony has only shown interest in the Rockets and the Cavs (via a buyout).Back to the Houston Rockets Newsfeed