Knicks star re­port­edly at cen­ter of pend­ing multi-team trans­ac­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK — Carmelo An­thony could join Chris Paul on the Hous­ton Rock­ets un­der a trade deal the New York Knicks are seek­ing, while the Cleve­land Cava­liers have signed Turk­ish for­ward Cedi Os­man, ESPN re­ported on Wed­nes­day.

The net­work’s web­site re­ported the Knicks and Rock­ets are ex­plor­ing a swap in­volv­ing as many as four teams in or­der to send the 33-year-old play­maker to Texas, with An­thony will­ing to drop a no-trade clause to make the move.

The three-time Olympic cham­pion would add an in­side threat for the Rock­ets along­side what could be the NBA’s most po­tent back­court com­bi­na­tion in guards Paul and James Har­den.

That could make Hous­ton a le­git­i­mate ti­tle con­tender in a power-packed West­ern Con­fer­ence led by reign­ing cham­pion Golden State with an­other star trio in Kevin Du­rant, Klay Thomp­son and Stephen Curry.

An­thony, born and raised in New York, signed a fiveyear deal worth $124 mil­lion when for­mer Knicks team pres­i­dent Phil Jack­son took over. How­ever, New York has strug­gled even as An­thony has com­piled ca­reer av­er­ages of 24.8 points, 6.6 re­bounds, 3.1 as­sists and 1.1 steals.

The Rock­ets could meet An­thony’s $26 mil­lion salary for next sea­son, but likely would also of­fer an exit clause that could al­low him to test free agency and let the club es­cape a salary-cap hit of $27.9 mil­lion for the 201819 cam­paign.

An­thony, who av­er­aged 22.4 points and 5.9 re­bounds last sea­son, would have to cost the Rock­ets some sig­nif­i­cant salary re­duc­tion in trade ex­change as Hous­ton is al­ready $15 mil­lion over the NBA salary cap for next sea­son.

Mean­while, the 2016 NBA cham­pion Cava­liers con­tin­ued their re­vamp by land­ing Os­man, 22, on what ESPN said was a three-year deal for $8.3 mil­lion.

The Cava­liers ob­tained Os­man’s rights in a trade with Min­nesota, which made him the 31st pick of the 2015 NBA Draft.

Os­man av­er­aged 7.1 points and con­nected on 34 per­cent of his 3-point shots for Turk­ish club Anadolu Efes in last sea­son’s Euroleague.

Carmelo An­thony

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