The drama that is this NBA offseason continues with news today that Carmelo Anthony is no longer interested in going to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The New York Knicks star previously stated this summer that he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause if it meant he could join the Houston Rockets or defending Eastern Conference champions. However, as a result of internal chaos within the organization and difficulty in forming a deal, Melo has given up hopes of becoming a Cavalier.
The Rockets are still in play to land the forward, and the Knicks simply are waiting for an adequate deal. The Rockets already lost Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell after acquiring Chris Paul, so any deal for Melo will likely see them having to give up more of their key pieces. Bringing in Melo would certainly be worth it, with the Rockets “win now” mentality but giving up any more defense may weaken them further in the powerful Western Conference.
It will be interesting to see how this unfolds and if Melo can finally find his way out of the turmoil that is the New York Knicks organization.