Knicks, Rockets 're-engage' in discussion on trade for Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

Selling him on, 'Hey, look what our team could look like with you'.

But since Wojnarowski's initial report, Blazers stars Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have tried to convince Anthony that Portland would be a good destination for him.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday that the Rockets were "again canvassing third-team trade partners to construct a deal".

The Portland Trail Blazers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans all have varying degrees of interest in Carmelo Anthony, but to this point, the New York Knicks superstar seems keen on waiting for something to materialize with the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets could let the early season unfold without Anthony and try to strike a deal before the trade deadline, since they presumably can establish a playoff pace without him behind James Harden and Chris Paul.

McCollum told Joe Freeman of the Oregonian about his efforts to recruit Anthony to the Blazers on July 19.

"I'm told they've piqued Carmelo's interest at the very least". I know he wants to play with [Chris Paul] and LeBron [James]. "But I feel like we're also a very good option". He added that when the Knicks paused trade talks, they tried to convince Anthony to either consider returning to NY or add more teams to his trade list. "Because, obviously, he makes us a better team".

The Knicks and Rockets reportedly neared the goal line on a deal last month, but the trade fell apart at the last minute.

There had been a lull after the departure of Phil Jackson as team president and the installation of Steve Mills in that role, with Scott Perry as his general manager.

There are a few more hurdles to navigate before Anthony's Knicks tenure ends, but the Blazers remain interested and involved in that process.

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