Reports surfaced earlier on this week from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne that all potential discussions revolving around Carmelo Anthony being traded have “paused” due to the team hoping that they could convince him to stay.
The two destinations that a Melo deal has been discussed with is the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets.
However, it looks like Melo isn’t keen to budge on his choice of leaving New York for either of those two destinations, and according to Adrian Wojnarowski, Melo is expecting the Knicks continue talking with the Rockets — who he has “prioritized” over the Cavaliers as a landing spot.
As New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry pursue a meeting with Carmelo Anthony in the coming days, league sources say that team officials will find a 10-time All-Star player counting on the franchise to carry out its previously agreed upon mandate to trade him to the Houston Rockets.
Whatever stance a post-Phil Jackson front office is taking now, Anthony, 33, has continued with an expectation that the Knicks soon will resume talks to honor the franchise’s longstanding goal to rebuild without Anthony, league sources said.
According to Wojnarowski, one of the reasons that the trade talks halted is due to the Knicks not being happy in what they would be able to get from either of those teams in return for their All-Star forward. Furthermore, with Melo pin pointing the two destinations he wants to go to, lowers his value on the market.
Due to the fact it took a lot for Melo to actually waive his no-trade clause, it seems like his relationship with the Knicks is pretty much over… Meaning that there’s little-to-no-chance that the Knicks pitching to Melo to try and get him to un-waive his trade clause will actually work.