Why the Carmelo Anthony to the Rockets trade is taking so long

A Carmelo Anthony trade to the Houston Rockets seems inevitable. Anthony is reportedly open to waiving his no-trade clause to join James Harden and Chris Paul, and Nene Instagrammed a picture of Anthony in a Rockets uniform. Paul even left a not-so-subtle hint in an interview with Marc Spears of the Undefeated, saying to “sit back and wait” when asked about Melo.

So why is Anthony still a Knick? Because trading him to Houston is quite complicated.

Anthony is set to make more than $26 million in 2017-18, the eighth most of any player in the league. Houston will have to find a way to match that salary within 125 percent in any deal. Getting rid of its next highest paid player in Ryan Anderson is the best way to do it, but the Knicks shouldn’t want him. Anderson’s hefty contract starts at more than $19 million, and totals more than $61 million over three years.

A third team will be necessary to make this trade work, but they’ll want at least one asset, whether it be a first-round pick and/or young player, as a reward for taking on Anderson’s bad contract. The biggest problem for Houston is that it doesn’t have many desirable assets left. The team dealt away

Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/7/12/15958992/carmelo-anthony-trade-rockets-knicks-ryan-anderson-eric-gordon-trevor-ariza

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