After it seemed that Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony would be on the move Wednesday as part of a multi-team deal, New York announced Thursday evening that all trade talks involving Melo have come to a standstill.
The news was first broke by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, and came soon after the Knicks announced the hiring of their new general manager Scott Perry.
Story posting soon with @RamonaShelburne on ESPN: The Knicks have paused Carmelo Anthony trade talks with Houston and Cleveland.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 14, 2017
Carmelo Anthony has been the subject of many trade rumors this summer, but trading him has been difficult for the Knicks due to a no-trade clause in Melo’s contract, along with rumors of him wanting to stay in New York. However, the 10 time All-Star has formally agreed to waive the clause if the Knicks agreed to send him to Houston or Cleveland, as he has yet to compete for a championship in his 15 year career.
Rumors peaked Wednesday that Anthony was on his way to the Rockets after he informed the team about waiving his clause, but now with the introduction of new leadership, the team now is considering a pursuit to keep Carmelo in the Big Apple.
It is uncertain if the new management in Manhattan will be able to keep Melo where he is, or if the interest from other teams will prevail in their quest for him to request a trade. Either way, it is still in question which uniform Anthony will be playing in next season.