Could Carmelo, OKC Have Mutual Interest?

Tricia Pearson
July 25, 2017

A trade for Anthony would be the latest coup and gamble by Thunder general manager Sam Presti in an effort to improve the Thunder's chances in the Western Conference.

The Houston Rockets remain the favorites to land Anthony once he's dealt from NY.

It's no secret at this point in the NBA offseason that Carmelo Anthony is over playing his basketball for an irradiated wasteland of an organization, the New York Knicks are equally done with Carmelo Anthony, and the Houston Rockets would like to help both parties out of their predicament by trading for Melo.

Anthony, 33, has been involved in trade talks as he looks to be traded to a contender. If he has eyes on playing in Oklahoma City, it might be something the Knicks would consider since the Knicks haven't been enamored with any packages offered by the Rockets or Cavs, and NY doesn't seem interested in keeping Anthony.

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There's room for a trade to work.

Tarek Fattal is reporting that Anthony is "likely" to be traded to the Rockets as early as this week. But the center is such a liability on the defensive end that he averaged just 21.3 minutes per game last season, failing to start even one game.

Maybe the Knicks would be more willing to take on Kanter's contract if they could also get a first-round pick.

Despite Jackson's dismissal, Anthony still seems to want out. However, everyone would still be looking up at the Golden State Warriors. Anthony and Oklahoma City can "circle" each other all they want, but the Thunder have to take an extra hard step in this deal: Selling Anthony on their team (and playing in Oklahoma City) before they can even work on selling NY on a potential trade package. James can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

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