Jan 31, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) stands on the court during the first half against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center. Washington Wizards defeated New York Knicks 117-101. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The long-rumored trade sending New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony to the Houston Rockets is reportedly on the two-yard line.

The inevitable Carmelo Anthony trade keeps getting closer. Hopefully, New York Knicks will just send him out of town today. If not now then sometime soon.

According to Frank Isola and Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News, a deal sending Anthony to the Houston Rockets is “on the two-yard line.”

It hasn’t been easy to get this deal finished. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier Wednesday that the Knicks and Rockets were working on four-team trades.

Per Bondy and Isola, the Knicks plan is to avoid adding veterans with long-term contracts. That would take Ryan Anderson out of the picture. He’s signed for three more years at roughly $20 million per season.

Anthony wants to play with his buddy Chris Paul and forming a big three with James Harden would make them formidable in the Western Conference. It’s the reunion with former head coach Mike D’Antoni that’s left a lot of people scratching their heads.

However, the Rockets wouldn’t be aggressive about the deal unless both D’Antoni and Melo were open to it. It seems like a good fit for Houston. What about the Knicks?

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.