The Knicks have been trying to trade Carmelo Anthony for a full year, as Phil Jackson spent a ton of time and effort trying to antagonize Anthony into waiving his no-trade clause to no avail. With Jackson gone, Anthony trade talks have reportedly continued, but there was optimism that Anthony would be willing to accept a trade should they work a deal out with the Houston Rockets.
The Rockets, having signed Anthony’s good friend Chris Paul, make sense as an enticing option for Anthony from a comfort and competition standpoint. Last we heard, the two teams were discussing multiple options for a trade, including some deals with as many as four teams involved.
However, on Thursday night, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne reported that all discussions about an Anthony trade have been “paused,” including talks with Houston and Cleveland.