Carmelo con­ver­sa­tions con­tinue but deal proves elu­sive

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK — The New York Knicks and Hous­ton Rock­ets are still try­ing to work out a deal in­volv­ing Carmelo An­thony, though it may take some time — if it hap­pens at all.

The teams con­tinue to talk about a trade but no deal is im­mi­nent, said a source fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion. The source said An­thony has told the Knicks he would ac­cept a move to the Rock­ets but the teams are still try­ing to find a trade that works for both sides.

The source spoke to As­so­ci­ated Press on Thurs­day on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the talks be­tween the teams re­main pri­vate.

An­thony has a no-trade clause and would have to agree to any deal. He has told the Knicks he would waive it to go to Hous­ton or Cleve­land.

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The Knicks have been try­ing to trade the All-Star for­ward but find­ing a deal is dif­fi­cult. An­thony is 33 and still has two years and $54 mil­lion re­main­ing on his con­tract, and teams have been hes­i­tant to en­gage the Knicks on talks know­ing An­thony could block a deal.

He had long main­tained he wanted to re­main in New York, but Hous­ton be­came at­trac­tive to him af­ter ac­quir­ing his close friend Chris Paul from the Clip­pers in a trade. The Rock­ets were sched­uled to in­tro­duce Paul at a me­dia con­fer­ence on Fri­day.

ESPN re­ported that the teams have ex­panded talks to in­clude a third or even a fourth team.

The Knicks are look­ing to re­build around young play­ers and aren’t in­ter­ested in tak­ing back long-term con­tracts such as Ryan An­der­son’s, who has more money and years left on his deal than An­thony.

A trade would re­unite An­thony with Rock­ets coach Mike D’An­toni, who re­signed as Knicks coach in March 2012, in part over his frus­tra­tion with An­thony’s aver­sion to his of­fense.

How­ever, the Rock­ets have two elite dis­trib­u­tors in Paul and James Har­den, who led the league in as­sists, and An­thony can pos­si­bly set­tle into the spot-up shooter role he’s played in the Olympics, where he’s won a record three gold medals and is the ca­reer scor­ing leader for the US men.

Notes:

* The New York Knicks have reached agree­ment with Sacra­mento Kings vice-pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions Scott Perry to be­come the club’s new gen­eral man­ager, CSN Chicago re­ported on Thurs­day.

The Knicks met with Perry on Thurs­day, as the team con­tin­ues to re­build its front of­fice fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Phil Jack­son last month. If Perry is hired, he ap­par­ently would re­port to Knicks pres­i­dent Steve Mills .

* Point guard Ra­jon Rondo and the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans met in Louisville to dis­cuss a short-term con­tract.

ESPN first re­ported the sit­down, cit­ing sources who la­beled the meet­ing “ex­cel­lent”.

Rondo played well in the play­offs with the Chicago Bulls be­fore a thumb in­jury ended his one-year stay with the re­build­ing fran­chise.

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