Blazers news: Moe Harkless on Carmelo Anthony trade rumors
For most of the offseason, it has been well-documented Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks are looking to part ways. However, with Anthony having a no-trade clause, he is only eyeing the Houston Rockets as the Knicks are reportedly not too interested in Ryan Anderson’s remaining three-year, $60 million deal.
At this point, it appears another team will have to get involved. While Anthony is unwilling to waive his no-trade clause for the Portland Trail Blazers, they can still be involved in a potential three-team trade that will likely include Moe Harkless.
For any young player, dealing with trade rumors can be difficult. As for Harkless, he shared his thoughts on the situation after signing a four-year, $42 million deal just a year ago according to Stefan Bondy of New York Daily News:
“It doesn’t do anything for me to get involved with that,” he said. “If it happens, it happens.”
After three unstable seasons with the Orlando Magic, Harkless has been a solid contributor for the Blazers so far:
The improvement is also why he’s been part of trade proposals involving Carmelo Anthony, according to sources, both in straight swap talks and three-team negotiations where Anthony would end up in Houston. In both instances, Harkless goes to New York.
As Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have been publicly recruiting the 10-time All-Star on social media, Harkless has no hard feelings towards his teammates. In fact, he is planning to work out with McCollum in New York.
Should Harkless ultimately be traded to the Knicks, he will be reunited with general manager Scott Perry, who was the Magic’s former assistant general manager. While the Magic traded the five-year forward for a protected second round pick, Harkless and Perry still have a good relationship.