Melo no-trade clause kills Knicks’ Kyrie hopes.

Knicks All-Star Carmelo An­thony will only be traded to Hous­ton, what does that mean for his cur­rent team?

Metro USA (New York) - - Front Page - JOE PANTORNO @JoePan­torno joseph.pantorno@metro.us

There are only two pos­si­ble teams Carmelo An­thony could be play­ing for next sea­son, the New York Knicks or the Hous­ton Rock­ets.

The 10-time All-Star hasn’t budged on waiv­ing his no-trade clause to other teams, wish­ing to only play with his cur­rent team or with James Har­den and Chris Paul should the Knicks trade him.

In ac­tu­al­ity, it only nar­rows the list down by one. An­thony was will­ing to waive his NTC to the Cleveland Cava­liers a few weeks ago, but that was be­fore Kyrie Irv­ing put in his trade re­quest.

Irv­ing’s dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the Cavs scared An­thony away from want­ing to join LeBron James, though Cleveland hasn’t been ex­actly keen on bring­ing the 33-year-old on to the sud­denly fledg­ling fran­chise.

Re­gard­less, it elim­i­nates al­most all hope of New York ac­tu­ally ac­quir­ing Irv­ing, who stated that he “very badly” wants to play for the Knicks, who play a half hour away from where he went to high school in Hill­side, New Jersey.

The only pos­si­ble name the Cavs could see as a suit­able re­turn for Irv­ing would be power for­ward Kristaps Porzingis, who is far too valu­able to the Knicks’ fu­ture to let go. It’s also safe to as­sume that 18-year-old French guard Frank Nti­lik­ina would be a part of the deal.

New York would have to rely on a third or fourth team to get a deal done for Irv­ing in or­der to get Cleveland a good­e­nough haul. At the mo­ment, it doesn’t look like they would have enough time to or­ches­trate such an in­ti­mate deal.

The Phoenix Suns are in the run­ning for Irv­ing and have the means to get some­thing done.

Re­ports have emerged that Irv­ing could be had for Suns guard Eric Bled­soe, rookie for­ward Josh Jack­son and a 2018 firstround pick.

The Knicks have made the nec­es­sary steps needed to keep the po­si­tion afloat even if they don’t come away with Irv­ing. While Nti­lik­ina con­tin­ues to de­velop to­ward be­ing a starter in the NBA, New York signed vet­eran Ra­mon Ses­sions last week to add depth to a po­si­tion that fea­tures Ron Baker and Chas­son Ran­dle.

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Carmelo An­thony’s dis­in­ter­est in the Cava­liers makes the Knicks’ chances of ac­quir­ing Kyrie Irv­ing very slim.

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