Could Carmelo Anthony Make LeBron James' and the Cavaliers' Summer Even Worse?

Could Carmelo Anthony Make LeBron James' and the Cavaliers' Summer Even Worse?

Could Carmelo Anthony Make LeBron James' and the Cavaliers' Summer Even Worse?

NY is desperate to get rid of Carmelo, and after Phil Jackson's constant criticisms, Melo's trade value has diminished.

According to ESPN's Ian Begley, Anthony is pretty sure that his time as a Knick is coming to a close, and he apparently has his next destination in mind. Earlier this month, it was reported that Anthony was willing to waive his no-trade clause to get traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers or Houston Rockets. While Anthony is good friends with Paul, a trade would be even more intriguing because of his history with D'Antoni.

Anthony is reportedly feeling confident that a deal will get done. A trade that gets the Knicks Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon as the core pieces could work under the salary cap rules, though the Rockets want to keep Ariza, whom new point guard Chris Paul had designs of playing with when he forced a trade from the Los Angeles Clippers.

If the deal is true, expect the #KnicksTape to go bonkers as Melo was a huge fan favorite night in and night out for the Knicks.

The Cavs have few trade assets at their disposal.

Moving Anthony appears to be a top offseason order for the re-tooling Knicks.

Trade talks between the Knicks and Rockets to send Carmelo Anthony to Houston are expected to heat up now that NY has acquired Tim Hardaway Jr., and Anthony's camp is confident a deal will be completed before the start of the season. Anthony would represent a major improvement over Ryan Anderson, who plays the stretch four position for the Rockets, but is behind Anthony in almost every measure. He averaged 22.4 points per game a year ago, shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from three-point range. Paul has one year remaining on his contract, and Anthony has the option to become a free agent in 2018.

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