The entire NBA knows that New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is trying to force a trade out of NY this offseason, with the re-tooled Houston Rockets and 2016 NBA champions the Cleveland Cavaliers both front-runners to acquire the 10-time All-Star for the past couple of months.
But per Marc Berman of the New York Post, Carmelo Anthony may have ruled out Cleveland as a potential landing destination.
"Phil Jackson is out as president, but the franchise’s strategy hasn’t changed much. A stalemate has ensued as sources indicate Anthony only wishes to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Rockets. Not even Cleveland, which is in turmoil, is good enough for Anthony as the Cavaliers are dealing with Kyrie Irving’s trade demand."
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on July 3 Anthony would only be willing to waive his no-trade clause for the Rockets or Cavaliers, which is now obsolete.
Three weeks after that initial report, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported Irving wanted out of Cleveland because he no longer wanted to play alongside LeBron James. The Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat were listed as Irving's preferred destinations.
Looking forward, this seems like the most logical move from Anthony's camp, as the Houston Rockets are looking on the up-and-up after acquiring Chris Paul in a trade with the Clippers, as well as resigning MVP candidate James Harden, while the Cavaliers are in turmoil amidst Kyrie's trade request.