Anthony, a 10-time NBA All-Star, is open to waiving his no-trade clause to join the Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers should those teams create a pathway to a deal with the Knicks, league sources told ESPN on Sunday night.
The Knicks want significant assets back for Anthony in a trade and are trying to avoid long-term salary commitments to older players, league sources said. So, does a deal get done? Vote now:
Even if the Rockets or Cavaliers add Anthony, would it be enough to take down the juggernaut Golden State Warriors? The Cavs remain the Finals favorite in the Eastern Conference with LeBron James, while the Rockets boosted their case as a contender with the acquisition of Chris Paul last week.
Would the addition of Melo to either team put them over the top?
Anthony has two years and $54 million guaranteed left on his contract and a trade kicker that could pay him an additional $8.1 million upon a deal. Nevertheless, Anthony does have the option of lowering, or waiving, the trade kicker to facilitate a deal.