After all the big moves that happened this summer, one lingering queston remains: what’s going to happen to Carmelo Anthony?
All season long, Carmelo and, President of Basketball Operations at the time, Phil Jackson struggled to find common ground. While Phil was busy making poor decisions and trying to push Anthony out of the door, the star forward’s performance on the basketball floor seemed to be declining.
The summer months only made the situation worse, and soon Phil Jackson found himself fired while Melo found himself giving up in the Knicks completely. With that new reality in place, everyone around the NBA assumed Carmelo would be gone by August.
But here we are midway through September, and Anthony has yet to be traded. In fact, all rumblings about a possible Melo deal have been at a standstill for weeks.
A report by New York Daily News’ Frank Isola, however, may finally be a hint to the news we’ve been waiting for. According to Isola, Carmelo Anthony and his camp are “casually optimistic” that the star forward will be traded to the Houston Rockets before Monday.
“Two weeks ago, Carmelo’s wife, La La, said the family thought a trade would have been completed by now. Mentally, Carmelo and his family have moved on to Houston. Reality is another story.”
Even with as close as the deal seems now, there’s still no guarantee that one will be made within the next couple of days. The big problem is Ryan Anderson, who would need to get traded in order for Houston to absorb Melo’s massive contract. So far, neither Houston or the Knicks have been able to find any takers.
With desperation growing on all sides though, it’s hard to imagine them not working out some type of deal to get this thing done.
The 33-year-old superstar averaged 22.4 points last season, so he could bring some real value to the Rockets if a trade goes through. With Carmelo, the Rockets would be one of the West’s premier teams.
And all this talk could become reality by this weekend, if the Rockets and Knicks can finally agree to a deal.