In the the past couple of weeks, the New York Knicks have had much difficulty in finding a feasible trade for Carmelo Anthony.

However, Adrian Wojnarowski reported on ESPN’s “The Jump” that the 33-year-old is now willing to waive his estimated $8 million trade kicker in order to help better facilitate a deal.

“My sources tell me he’s willing to waive the trade kicker, which is worth around $8 million, so that makes a little easier for Houston to do a trade.”

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This act alone clears a huge potential hurdle for the Knicks as it doesn’t require either the Cleveland Cavaliers or Houston Rockets to go to further lengths to put together a trade package. In particular, the Rockets are currently over the salary cap so it would require them to move players with comparable salaries for a workable deal.

That said, both the Rockets and Cavaliers have struggled to put together any plausible offers to the Knicks because of their limited trade assets. It has put things at a standstill on that front with New York reconsidering possibly bringing him back.

Meanwhile, the Portland Trail Blazers have entered the picture over the last few days with their dynamic backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum both voicing that they believe Anthony would be willing to waive his no-trade clause for Rip City.