The back-and-forth melodrama surrounding Carmelo Anthony and his trade wishes may finally be coming to an end.
According to Frank Isola of New York Daily News, the New York Knicks’ star forward may be on his way to Houston come Monday. The Knicks have been uncertain of their intentions concerning their future relationship with Carmelo Anthony. Anthony has been the subject of trade speculation since the offseason began. First he had three teams on his wish list of destinations. Then Chris Paul left the Clippers and Kyrie Irving requested a trade of his very own. Now, Melo only wants one location, Houston.
The Knicks and Rockets have been in contact all summer in hopes of creating a deal that would send the former superstar to Houston. A dream of pairing Melo with two facilitators in Chris Paul and James Harden would be magnificent. Melo playing behind those two may finally unleash the version of him we see in the Olympics, not as a primary option but as a fallback. In that role he has dominated international competition, evidenced by his three gold medals.
Melo may be labeled as a “former superstar” as I have here, but make no mistake, he is still a valuable player in this league. I cannot believe that ESPN has ranked him as the 64th ranked player in this league. Other NBA players and analysts have also been shocked by this news. Draymond Green was a big supporter in favor of Carmelo.
Despite the shortcomings, Melo’s career in New York was eventful. He brought the franchise back to the playoffs and was the league scoring champion for a season. New York fans are eager to see him go as it is for the best as Kristaps Porzingis seems ready to be the man. It will be a bittersweet departure if and when Carmelo is finally out of the Big Apple.
Is it a coincidence Melo believes to be traded the day before the New York Knicks’ annual media day? You tell me.
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