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Rockets And Knicks Re-Establish Trade Talks Regarding Carmelo Anthony

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If you thought the NBA offseason was reaching a dull point, think again.

The Houston Rockets have reportedly re-established trade talks to acquire All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The two teams have been involved in talks throughout the summer, but supposedly have slowed down since the departure of former Knicks GM Phil Jackson. Anthony currently has a no-trade clause in his contract that he will not waive for any team except for Houston, according to Wojnarowski.

Houston has been in heavy pursuit of the 10-time All Star in order to challenge the Golden State Warriors atop the Western Conference. The Rockets have already bolstered their backcourt this offseason with the addition of Chris Paul to pair alongside former MVP runner-up James Harden .

It may also be likely that the Knicks begin the season with Anthony still on the roster if no deal is reached. GM Scott Perry is reportedly “far more particular” than his predecessor about what he is looking to see in return for Anthony. 

Many other teams have been looking to acquire Anthony, as well, but the forward remains set on a move to Houston.

Meanwhile, New York’s primary goal would be to deal Anthony in order to shift toward a younger roster shaped for development.

The Knicks season opener is now 70 days away as they are set to take on the Thunder in Oklahoma City on October 19th. As for when Anthony’s season debut will be, it depends on what uniform we see him suit up in.

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