No deal was imminent Wednesday, but the Knicks and Rockets are confident that they have a willing third-team trade partner, the sources said
The fourth team was needed to move a particular player contract that neither the Knicks nor Rockets could or would accept in the deal, league sources said.
Anthony, 33, has two years and $54 million left on his contract.
The complexity of including multiple teams and assets in a deal creates time-consuming challenges, and there’s no guarantee that a deal can be reached.
Nevertheless, New York has been pushing hard to unload Anthony in recent weeks, although it hasn’t necessarily changed an asking price that makes the deal a challenge for Houston, league sources said. The Knicks aren’t interested in the Rockets’ older players and big contracts, so new teams have to be brought into the deal to find a way to satisfy the Knicks.
Anthony is willing to waive his no-trade clause for a deal to the Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources said. The Cavaliers haven’t abandoned pursuit of Anthony, league sources said.
Through 14 NBA seasons, Anthony, a 10-time All-Star, has averaged nearly 25 points a game. He has played the past seven seasons with the Knicks, who say they’re committed to rebuilding around Kristaps Porzingis and younger players.
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