Knicks F Carmelo Anthony is only willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Rockets, reports Marc Berman of the NY Post.
Anthony had reportedly been willing to accept a trade to the Rockets and the Cavaliers, and had been interested in joining the Thunder, but that has apparently changed.
He would not comment on the report on Wednesday but said that he's "at peace" and that he didn't know what the chances of him remaining a Knick are, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.
While speaking at The Basketball Tournament's Day of Giving in Baltimore, Anthony -- who said he's been on an "emotional rollercoaster" -- added that he hasn't met with the Knicks during the offseason and called the removal of Phil Jackson a "business" decision.
Anthony's reluctance to join the Cavaliers would be detrimental to the Knicks, who had been engaged in talks with the Cavaliers recently about a potential trade that would send Anthony to the Cavaliers as part of a deal for Kyrie Irving.
The 25-year-old Irving, who recently requested a trade, listed the Knicks, Spurs, Heat, and Timberwolves as his four preferred destinations.
Anthony is reportedly uninterested in returning to the Knicks, who briefly paused trade talks after hiring new GM Scott Perry and had hoped to speak to Anthony about remaining in New York.
Prior to hiring Perry and naming Steve Mills team president, former president Phil Jackson had spent parts of last season criticizing Anthony in public. Shortly after the season, Jackson reiterated that Anthony would be better off elsewhere.
The 33-year-old Anthony is due roughly $50 million over the next two seasons, after which he is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.
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Anthony is going to need to come to terms with the fact that he may need to remain with the Knicks. The Knicks have obviously spoken to the Rockets about a dea, but If there was one that worked out, it probably would have happened already. The Knicks can't just dump Anthony to grant his wishes while getting undesirable pieces in return.
Nobody wants Ryan Anderson's contract. You can't get a third team in the trade to take Anderson's contract when nobody wants it. And a team would be nuts to want to take on his ludicrous three-year, $60 million deal. There's just too much money and years left on that deal for a team to take on that entire contract.
As I've said before, if the Rockets won't give the Knicks a package involving Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon, Scott Perry should hang up the phone. There's no other contracts or talent on the Rockets roster that would match up to make a deal work.
The issue remains whether Anthony staying in New York will affect how he plays, his effort, etc. Anthony has been a professional and it's hard to see him do that to a team that paid him more than anybody else. There's been bumps and bruises along the way, but Phil Jackson is gone and Anthony needs to stick it out -- at least until the trade deadline where his value should increase, if he stays healthy.