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Houston bound? Knicks, Rockets revive Anthony trade talks

Sports Xchange - Saturday 12th August, 2017

Carmelo Anthony could still join the Houston Rockets after all.

After initial talks between the New York Knicks and Rockets about an Anthony trade stalled, the teams have re-engaged in discussions to send the 10-time All-Star to the Magnolia City, according to an ESPN report.

Anthony will only waive his no-trade clause to be dealt to the Rockets, refusing to include more teams on his list of potential destinations, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Houston is reportedly trying to find a third team to make the deal possible, and finding a way to include forward Ryan Anderson, who has three years left on his $60 million deal, is viewed as an obstacle.

The Rockets intend to pair Anthony with fellow All-Stars James Harden and Chris Paul, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Los Angeles Clippers and opted into the final year of his contract for cap purposes.

New York appears to be ready to build around star forward Kristaps Porzingis and recently re-acquired guard Tim Hardaway Jr., who the team signed to a four-year deal reportedly worth $71 million in July.

However, ESPN reports the Knicks are willing to begin training camp with Anthony on the roster and that new general manager Scott Perry is seeking a more specific package for Anthony than ousted president Phil Jackson.

Anthony, 33, averaged 22.4 points on 43.3 percent shooting along with 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 74 games with the Knicks last season, his seventh in New York and 14th in the NBA.

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