The New York Knicks have made a concerted effort over the last few weeks to finally move on from All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony. However, it has turned out to be quite a difficult situation for many different reasons.
Portland believes the addition of a player such as Anthony would furnish it with talent and depth comparable to those of the top Western Conference contenders, except for the Golden State Warriors, league sources said. Because of that, the Blazers have little, if any, inclination to facilitate an Anthony deal that would land him with a Western Conference rival such as Houston, league sources said.
Although the Trail Blazers do want to add Anthony to the mix, the 33-year-old holds the final say in any scenario due to his no-trade clause. At the moment, he has only agreed to waive his clause for either the Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Rockets have been the most aggressive in working out a deal for Anthony, but those conversations have stalled over the last few days. It has mostly centered on their inability to find another team to help facilitate a trade.
The Trail Blazers would provide Anthony with an intriguing fit with their current roster led by their dynamic backcourt of All-Star point guard Damian Lillard and guard C.J. McCollum. The addition of the former scoring champion would provide Portland another proven scorer that could help boost them into further contention in the Western Conference to possibly challenge the Golden State Warriors.
They also possess some intriguing young talent on their roster that can be offered in any trade package that may sway the Knicks to work out a deal with them. Ultimately, it will all fall on Anthony’s willingness to agree to approve a trade to Portland.