“A stalemate has ensued as sources indicate Anthony only wishes to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Rockets“, Berman wrote Monday.
Anthony will be in Baltimore this week, hosting a charity basketball event that will include a special evening with mayor Catherine Pugh.
Anderson signed a four-year, $80 million deal with Houston last summer and flourished in Houston’s offense under Mike D’Antoni, though the forward likely wouldn’t mesh well with Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis.
Though, said deal seems to be dead in the water with Anthony not interested in joining Cleveland and NY not willing to part with Kristaps Porzingis.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have yet to acquiesce Kyrie Irving’s reported request for a trade, but the star guard’s disgruntled nature could already doing damage to the franchise. Thanks to Kyrie Irving’s trade demand, however, Anthony seems to be having second thoughts about a future in Cleveland.
But the Knicks maintain that they won’t simply trade Anthony to trade him, and that they would need real value in return.
Earlier, Anthony had the Rockets and Cavaliers as his preferred trade destinations.
With players such as Paul George hitting the open market after next season, the Knicks would nearly certainly be in play for his services if they were to get Irving.
Anthony wants to contend for a title, and there’s no telling if the Cavs will even end up being the best team in the Eastern Conference if they’re forced to deal Irving.
Cleveland still employs James, but the Cavaliers are a mess entering the 2017-18 season – so much so that Anthony would rather remain with the Knicks (also a mess!) than play for them.