Carmelo Anthony, Thunder may have mutual interest, but is trade realistic?

Carmelo Anthony, Thunder may have mutual interest, but is trade realistic?

He would be afforded that same opportunity in Oklahoma City with reigning MVP Russell Westbrook and three-time All-NBA honoree Paul George.

According to a report from The Ringer's Bill Simmons, Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder might have mutual interest.

Troy Weaver, Oklahoma City's assistant general manager, played a huge role in recruiting Anthony to Syracuse. Previously, Anthony had listed the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers as his preferred teams. Yet reports reveal that Anthony is determined to join the Rockets' roster. A new rumor, however, suggests that the All-Star might be willing to waive his no-trade clause for a third team. Other than the ability to match up salaries and potentially get Anthony's blessing, the Thunder are far from an ideal trade partner for NY. Enes Kanter is an expensive big man the Knicks likely wouldn't want as a key piece of a trade package. But the Knicks have made it clear that they aren't going to accept a deal in which they simply give Anthony away.

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NY was one of the four teams Irving told the Cavs he preferred to be dealt to (along with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs), and the Knicks have been willing to include Carmelo Anthony and several first-round picks in a deal for Irving. Tarek Fattal of the Los Angeles Daily News reported that the Rockets resumed talks, and that a deal could be completed by early this week. They are emerging as a prominent threat in the Western Conference. James can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

If the trade takes place and Anthony goes to the Thunder, the Knicks will need something equally good in return.

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