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Stephen A. Smith says Rockets, Knicks haven’t discussed Carmelo Anthony trade in weeks

There has been little progress over the last several weeks with the New York Knicks working a trade to the Houston Rockets for All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

In fact, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith reported on First Take on Thursday morning that the two teams haven’t spoken about hammering out a deal for Anthony in quite some time.

With Anthony currently holding out hope that the two teams can finalize a deal by next Monday, this news isn’t encouraging to say the least for the 33-year-old. It is clear that he wants out of New York and the only team he’s willing to go to are the Rockets.

However, the two teams haven’t truly progressed up to this point to serious trade discussions regarding Anthony. It has been difficult for Houston to present a feasible offer given their lack of significant appealing pieces to present the Knicks.

At the same time, New York doesn’t appear to be willing to take on veteran forward Ryan Anderson, who is set to enter the second year of his four-year, $80 million deal that will pay him roughly $19.6 million next season. His lucrative contract is viewed as something that would be hard to move or work with if acquired in a trade.

All of this may ultimately hinge on the Knicks’ willingness to take on Anderson in the deal. It could be just a matter of time before Anthony gets his wish to be moved to the Rockets at some point over the next few weeks.