It took a while to get there, but Carmelo Anthony could finally be on his way out of New York.
According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Anthony is open to waiving his no-trade clause for a deal to the Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers, though he would apparently rather go to Cleveland to play with LeBron James. Via ESPN:
"Carmelo Anthony, a 10-time NBA All-Star, is open to waiving his no-trade clause to join the Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers should those teams create a pathway to a deal with the New York Knicks, league sources told ESPN.
Houston has been proactive in pursuing possible trade scenarios for Anthony lately, although its discussions around the league have yet to gain traction on a deal, league sources told ESPN.
The arrival of All-Star guard Chris Paul to join MVP runner-up James Harden has catapulted the Rockets into contention for Anthony, and established his interest in joining the Rockets, sources said.
Cleveland has remained a preferred destination for Anthony, because of the presence of LeBron James."
Ever since former Knicks' President Phil Jackson publically stated that the Knicks would be better off without Anthony on the roster, Carmelo's tenure with New York has been up in the air. Even now that Jackson has left the team, Knicks management still seem set on moving Melo on to a new team but are looking for a "significant" return, and a buyout is off the table.
In terms of what possible deals Houston or Cleveland could make to acquire Anthony, Wojnarowski reports that Ryan Anderson has been involved from the Rockets end of things. However, New York is hesitant to take on his 3-year, $60 million contract. Via ESPN:
"In discussions with Houston, sources indicated that the Knicks have been reluctant to consider taking on Houston forward Ryan Anderson, who is owed $61.3 million over the next three years."
For the Cavs, the most simple move would be a straight Kevin Love/Carmelo Anthony swap. This, however, would not do much to improve Cleveland's chances of beating the Warriors, as last seasons' Finals showed us that the Cavaliers need to add significant talent to their roster, not just swap out All-Stars.
Other than Love, the Cavs could utilize the contracts of Iman Shupert and Channing Frye in a trade, adding up to about $20 million, $6 million off the $26 million contract Carmelo Anthony is currently on. Cleveland could then throw in a couple of draft picks or expiring contracts to make the salaries work. Whether the Knicks would be up for taking Channing Frye and an Iman Shumpert return to New York is a different question altogether.