Rock­ets still talk­ing Melo

No deal with Knicks im­mi­nent

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Brian Ma­honey

The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

The teams con­tinue to talk about a trade but no deal is im­mi­nent, said a per­son fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion. The per­son 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 per­son spoke to The As­so­ci­ated Press 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.

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 New York 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 are sched­uled to in­tro­duce Paul at a press con­fer­ence 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 re-signed as Knicks coach in March 2012 in part over his frus­tra­tion with An­thony’s un­will­ing­ness to em­brace his of­fense. But 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 U.S. men.

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