Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract that he's reportedly willing to waiver, but only for the right team.
"Anthony's camp is cautiously optimistic that a deal will be struck before Monday, and trying not to think about the potential media circus that will take place if Carmelo is still with the Knicks", Frank Isola of the NY Daily News reported Wednesday.
Two weeks ago, Anthony's wife, La La, said the family thought a trade would have been completed by this time, but it hasn't gotten any close as of yet. "Hopefully, Mills and Perry will have the right answers when they address the media on Friday because the Carmelo issue isn't going away until he goes away". Whether that happens remains to be seen. Anthony has only been connected to deals involving the Clippers, the Trailblazers and his most preferred destination, the Rockets.
Now that Kyrie Irving's trade request has been granted and finalized, the final question of the offseason is centered around Carmelo Anthony.
Given that the Rockets essentially emptied their cupboard of assets by trading for Chris Paul over the summer, striking a straight up deal for Anthony where NY would still receive solid value in return is all but impossible.
At the tail end of an offseason that saw Chris Paul land with the Rockets, Kyrie Irving seemingly out of nowhere get shipped off to the Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas and Jimmy Butler leave the Bulls for the Timberwolves, there's still one National Basketball Association trade that has not occurred. Portland seemed to be the next logical choice, according to Wojnarowski.
The disgruntled star has no desire to play out another entire season in NY. "Melo has not really waived the no-trade, he's not really open, maybe that happens. Portland would love for Melo to open this up".
"I'm excited about the young core players", he said during a press conference, adding that he wanted a "young team that's going to play energetic, that's going to compete on a nightly basis".