Rockets Rumors: Carmelo Anthony Still Expects Trade To Houston

Carmelo Anthony still expects the New York Knicks to trade him to the Houston Rockets. While the new regime wants to try to pitch Anthony on staying, the forward wants to play for Houston. 

"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."

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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). 

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