While DeMarcus Cousins and the Pelicans have interest in acquiring Carmelo Anthony, the All-Star forward is apparently not willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to New Orleans, reports Marc Berman of the New York Post.
According to Berman, the Knicks hope Anthony, who prefers to go to the Rockets, will expand his list of teams that he will accept a trade to. Cousins, a teammate of Anthony on the U.S. Olympic team, has made it clear he'd like the two to join forces in New Orleans.
"We need as much talent and as many pieces as we can get. I've reached out to everybody,'' Cousins said to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "I mean, I don't want to throw names out there, but some of the biggest names that are on the block right now I've reached out to."
Recently, Anthony said he had "great dialogue" with Knicks GM Scott Perry about where the two sides stand going into this season. If the Knicks can't deal Anthony, Berman reports they will look to keep him on the roster for the year and assume he will opt out of the remaining years on his contract.
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If Anthony doesn't want to join LeBron James in Cleveland for a chance to win the East, he sure isn't going to join the Pelicans in the Western Conference. The Pelicans, with DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, Rajon Rondo, and Carmelo Anthony would be an intriguing team to watch, but they still wouldn't be in the Warriors and Rockets league. You can understand Anthony not wanting to go to The Big Easy.
Also, what trade would make sense here for the Knicks? Does a package involving Omer Asik and Solomon Hill excite the Knicks? Does E'Twaun Moore get the Knicks hyped? Does Alexis Ajinca aka The Human Number Two Pencil, ooze excitement into the Knicks fan base? This is another case where the return the Knicks would get just isn't anything thrilling.
It sure looks like Anthony is starting the 2017-2018 season in either a Knicks or a Rockets uniform. The fact it is taking this long to get something done with the Rockets just shows that finding the right deal to one team who just traded away a ton of pieces for Chris Paul is going to be extremely difficult. Anthony might have to suck it up and stick in orange and blue…at least for a few months into the regular season.