Carmelo Anthony would reportedly waive $8 million trade kicker for Rockets

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As Simmons explains, the fact that Troy Weaver, who helped recruit Anthony to Syracuse originally, is the current assistant general manager in Oklahoma City, may be playing a role.

The Houston Rockets remain the favorites to land Anthony once he's dealt from NY.

Anthony has a full no-trade clause in his contract with the Knicks in addition to the trade kicker, and he is obviously willing to do anything he can to facilitate a trade to Houston. He's reportedly dead set on joining the Rockets, but it stands to reason that the Thunder could pique his interest. NY is clearly ready to move on from Anthony, and Houston wants him to join James Harden and Chris Paul.

If a recent report proves true, then it appears as though Anthony is willing to introduce a third potential contender to the mix.

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In order for a trade to work, the Knicks would probably have to take back Enes Kanter. Kanter makes $17.8 million a way while Anthony is scheduled to earn $26.2 million this season. Another player, perhaps Kyle Singler, would have to be added to the deal to make it acceptable under the rules of the salary cap.

Carmelo Anthony to the Cavs has picked up a lot of steam since ESPN reported that Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland.

If the Thunder do somehow find a way to acquire Anthony, it would even further establish themselves as a threat to become the best team in the Western Conference behind the Golden State Warriors. He would be afforded that same opportunity in Oklahoma City with reigning MVP Russell Westbrook and three-time All-NBA honoree Paul George.