It has been reported that Carmelo Anthony no longer wants to play for the Knicks, and the Blazers believe the All-Star forward could play for them next season.
Portland, which was supposed to act as a third or fourth team in a potential deal involving the Knicks and Rockets, now could possibly land Anthony, according to Trail Blazers guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.
McCollum, who thinks Anthony is interested in suiting up with the Blazers, says Portland could be a real threat if it makes a trade to acquire the Knick.
Said McCollum: "If we add Carmelo Anthony, we'll be a top three team in the West immediately."
Lillard added it is "a real possibility," that the Blazers could swing a deal, despite Anthony's desire to join the Rockets. For any trade involving Anthony to happen, he would need to waive his no-trade clause.
Portland finished 41-41 and eighth in the Western Conference last season before getting swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Warriors.