Carmelo Anthony is willing to waive his $8.1 million trade kicker in order to help facilitate a trade to the Rockets, according to ESPN.
A clause in Anthony's contract stipulates that his salary goes up 15 percent if he's traded. Waiving that clause would potentially make it easier for a trade partner to match contracts.
Annthony does not seek a return to the Knicks next season and has no interest in discussing a future with the team, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported earlier this week.
Anthony "has made it clear to [the Knicks]: I want to go to Houston, I am not interested in talking to you about being reincorporated back into this New York roster," Wojnarowski said on ESPN.
Blazers guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are still looking to make a push for the All-Star and believe Anthony is "interested" in considering Portland as a potential option. Lillard told Rip City Radio that he thinks Anthony coming to the Blazers is a "real possibility."
On Monday, Knicks president Steve Mills said the veteran forward will not be bought out but did not rule out the possibility of a future without him.
"I think we will be a good developing team if Carmelo is part of the team. We'll be a good developing team if he isn't. We'll be in constant communication with Carmelo and his camp, and we'll come to some resolution that works well for both us."
Mills had said the team was going to to "slow down and regroup" regarding a potential trade of Anthony after hiring new GM Scott Perry last week.
"We've been in contact with his reps and other teams," Mills said, adding that "If there's an opportunity that works for Melo and works for us" the team will consider trading him.
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If this isn't a sign that Anthony is desperate to get the heck out of New York, well...I don't know what is. The soon to be ex-Knicks star is ready to throw $8 million down the drain to pack his bags west, go to a contender, and avoid being in headlines for the wrong reasons.
This could very well be Anthony's last max contract of his career. His window to win a championship or even get to the NBA Finals is closing soon. This could be his last chance to do it while being a pivotal part of the team. He's got beaten up with injuries the last few years and at 33 years old, his 28 PPG are over.
Expect a deal to definitely get done now with the Rockets. $21 million will be easier for them to mix and match than if he didn't waiver the kicker, which would've made it around $28 million. The question still remains, though, if any team will take on Ryan Anderson's contract to make it a three-team deal. Either way, with this news, a trade seems to be on the horizon soon.