Carmelo 'Likely' To Be Traded To Houston This Week

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Carmelo Anthony and the Thunder "are officially circling each other" according to Bill Simmons of The Ringer. A new rumor, however, suggests that the All-Star might be willing to waive his no-trade clause for a third team. As has been reported before, Anthony is willing to waive his no trade clause for the right team to get the deal done, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN said on The Jump.

Anthony has a longstanding relationship with Thunder vice president and assistant general manager Troy Weaver. Weaver, Syracuse's assistant coach at the time, was the one who urged head coach Jim Boeheim to scout Anthony in high school and is widely credited as the guy who delivered Anthony to the Orange. They have to clear salary cap space if they want to have room for Anthony, and the Knicks are not interested in taking on a bunch of money. Kyle Singler's $4.6 million works, but he's also Kyle Singler.

There's a new team being mentioned as a possible landing spot for Carmelo Anthony. Other than the ability to match up salaries and potentially get Anthony's blessing, the Thunder are far from an ideal trade partner for NY. There are major hurdles, and the Knicks don't like the offers they've gotten so far, which is why they pulled back (not because of the Scott Perry hiring or some desire to change Anthony's mind).

A move to Oklahoma city would partner Anthony with Russell Westbrook and Paul George, making the Thunder a proverbial superteam and a threat to the Golden State Warriors' NBA dominance. If Westbrook decides to bypass signing a supermax extension before the start of the season, he, George and Anthony will all be free agents in the summer of 2018.

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