The New York Daily News was told by a source familiar with trade negotiations that Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks is on the verge of being traded to the Houston Rockets. This is supposedly a four team deal. This potential deal comes not long after Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers – one of Anthony’s well-known friends – was traded to the Houston Rockets.
Now, Anthony has the chance to play alongside Paul as well as MVP candidate James Harden under head coach Mike D’Antoni. Anthony did not get along with D’Antoni while he was coaching in New York, but D’Antoni stated to the New York Daily News that their problems arose from conflicting styles of play, not because of personality. The Houston Rockets finished third in the western conference with a record of 55-27. Should the trade go through, they will acquire in Anthony a player who averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
What the Knicks will receive in the trade is unclear. The club is eager to move on from Anthony and his lucrative contract and is not looking for a windfall in return. Anthony famously feuded with the Knicks former President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson, an 11-time champion as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers. The Knicks cut ties with Jackson last month shortly after he began a public feud with the team’s other major star Kristaps Porzingis.