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NY Post: For Melo, it's Rockets or Bust

"Phil Jackson is out as president, but the franchise’s strategy hasn’t changed much. A stalemate has ensued as sources indicate Anthony only wishes to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Rockets. Not even Cleveland, which is in turmoil, is good enough for Anthony as the Cavaliers are dealing with Kyrie Irving’s trade demand."

It's been 6 years since Carmelo Anthony forced his way onto the Knicks back in 2011. It was literally a year long saga that undermined everything Denver was trying to accomplish and turned the entire organization into a media circus focused on one player. Since being traded to New York, Melo and the Knicks have only made two playoff appearances, the last in the 2012-13 NBA season.

Don't get me wrong, Melo can flat out play. He's the most decorated Olympic basketball player of all time. He propelled the Nuggets into the playoffs during his rookie season and continued to do so until he left. However, as we've discussed on the Corner 3 Podcast (RIP), there's never been a player whose playing has been more diminished by trade rumors.

Melo not agreeing to a Cleveland swap is probably smart on his part. If Irving and LeBron are gone next season, he doesn't want to be stuck in a sub-par NBA city without it's star attraction. Melo to Houston will probably end up happening with a package centered around Ryan Anderson and draft picks but it'll be interesting to see how much the Rockets are willing to give up.


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