The Houston Rockets and New York Knicks have been working towards a blockbuster deal for Carmelo Anthony in recent weeks.
It’s become clear more than anything this summer that Anthony does not see returning to New York as an option. With a deal not close to completion, the forward has taken it upon himself to move things along.
Per Kurt Helin of NBC Sports, Anthony has now agreed to waive his $8 million trade kicker in order to facilitate a deal to the Rockets.
Report: Carmelo Anthony willing to waive $8 million trade kicker for Rockets https://t.co/2y8m9xiQvd
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) July 21, 2017
For Houston, a team that is over the salary cap, this will make a deal all the more feasible, though it won’t change things much on New York’s end. The Knicks don’t want to take on Ryan Anderson’s lucrative contract and are still in search of a third team.
But it’s a step in the right direction at least. Carmelo is willing to get involved and make sacrifices in order to get out of New York, which says enough.
As the two teams proceed with trade talks, expect both Anthony and Houston to continue to push for a deal until an agreement is reached.