Even if they managed to include Ryan Anderson's $19 million-a-year salary, matching Anthony's $26 million deal would be challenging, especially considering how many salaries were traded to make the Paul trade work. He would also need to accept less touches behind Harden, but they would undoubtedly possess substantial scoring prowess alongside the recently acquired Chris Paul.
Any deal that would send Anthony to Houston is a complex one in which a third team is likely needed.
Moving Anthony appears to be a top offseason order for the re-tooling Knicks.
"On the Anthony front, the Knicks and Anthony feel good about the possibility of completing a deal that sends him out of NY", according to sources. He has re-signed this off-season and, apparently, is already recruiting his former teammate Anthony. Though he would delete the post, some fans captured a screenshot and passed it around as proof that the deal was nearing completion.
Carmelo Anthony is reportedly confident a trade is going to happen soon.
Despite the rumors that Anthony wants to join the Cleveland Cavaliers and play alongside LeBron James, the 10-time All-Star might be more likely to land on the Houston Rockets.
If the deal is true, expect the #KnicksTape to go bonkers as Melo was a huge fan favorite night in and night out for the Knicks.
Would the addition of Carmelo be enough to propel Houston into the serious-competitor category against Golden State? The other obstacle remains: Whom exactly do the Rockets have to offer?