It has been reported that Carmelo Anthony no longer wants to play for the Knicks, and the Blazers believe the All-Star forward could play for them next season.
Portland, which was supposed to act as a third or fourth team in a potential deal involving the Knicks and Rockets, now could possibly land Anthony, according to Trail Blazers guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.
McCollum, who thinks Anthony is interested in suiting up with the Blazers, says Portland could be a real threat if it makes a trade to acquire the Knick.
Said McCollum: "If we add Carmelo Anthony, we'll be a top three team in the West immediately."
Lillard added it is "a real possibility," that the Blazers could swing a deal, despite Anthony's desire to join the Rockets. For any trade involving Anthony to happen, he would need to waive his no-trade clause.
Portland finished 41-41 and eighth in the Western Conference last season before getting swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Warriors.
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As much as the thought of Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, and Carmelo Anthony may sound enticing for the Blazers, it's hard to imagine a deal working out for a couple reasons.
Anthony has made it clear he wants to go to Houston, play with his buddy Chris Paul, and have a chance to potentially win a title. Even with Anthony, the Blazers aren't even a top-four team in the West. Also, it's hard to picture Anthony wanting to play on the other side of the country in a smaller market for a team that isn't going to contend for a championship in the next two years.
Trying to make a deal work out between the two sides could be difficult too. The Knicks would potentially have to take a return of Maurice Harkless and Meyers Leonard or take on Evan Turner's $17 million salary, which seems pretty unlikely.
Lillard can hope for a "big three" in Portland, but realistically it just doesn't seem like it could go down. With all that being said, if the Knicks and Rockets can't come to a deal that wouldn't have the Knicks taking on Ryan Anderson's contract, it's not crazy to believe the Knicks and Blazers would at least discuss a trade.