Troy Weaver, the Thunder's assistant GM, recruited Anthony to Syracuse, and that relationship could help pave the way to Anthony accepting a trade there, according to Simmons. While the Houston Rockets have been front runners for the troubled New York Knicks forward for a month now, another team has entered the mix.
Anthony, 33, has been involved in trade talks as he looks to be traded to a contender.
The Rockets are over the cap so the only way this trade gets done is they send out enough salary to match and create space for Anthony.More news: Teens mock, laugh at disabled man as he drowns to death
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Anthony has one more guaranteed year left on his contract worth $26.2 million, not including an early termination option for 2018-19 ($27.9 million). Other than the ability to match up salaries and potentially get Anthony's blessing, the Thunder are far from an ideal trade partner for NY.
During the 2016-17 season, Anthony, a 10-time NBA All-Star, averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. The Rockets can add sweeteners to convince another team - or maybe even the Knicks - to take a bad contract in the trade.
Carmelo Anthony to the Cavs has picked up a lot of steam since ESPN reported that Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland. The team has already traded for Paul George, teaming him up with MVP Russell Westbrook.
The Thunder don't have much in the way of assets that could be attractive to the Knicks with the exception of draft picks.