So now that we all know where Kyrie Irving has landed and that his deal is finally done, the big question remaining this NBA offseason is this: What will be the final outcome with regards to Carmelo Anthony?
In reality, this story may come to nothing.
As of now, league sources have said that the New York Knicks were “not close” on any deal that involved Anthony. The team have been talking on and off with the Houston Rockets all the way through summer, but as of yet there has been no real momentum toward finalizing any kind of deal.
When it comes to a trade deal, the Knicks have said that Houston simply doesn’t have anything that appeals to them.
But wait: could another team’s involvement change New York’s thinking? You bet ya.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said in a story last month that Houston was starting to look for a third team to make a trade possible. At one point the Milwaukee Bucks emerged as a potential third team, but that deal didn’t gain any traction. The deal with Milwaukee is that they have been trying to shed salary so, in all likelihood, the idea of taking back the remaining money on Ryan Anderson’s contract (three years, $60 million) in a trade wasn’t enticing.
The package New York would want in an Anthony trade would be pretty hard to find so its looking far more likely that Carmelo will be a Knick when training camp opens on Sept. 25.