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Carmelo Anthony: New York Knicks, Houston Rockets working on possible 4-team trade

By Alex Butler
Carmelo Anthony: New York Knicks, Houston Rockets working on possible 4-team trade
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony reacts after hitting a 3-point shot in the first half against the Charlotte Hornets on January 27 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. File photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

July 12 (UPI) -- The Houston Rockets are reportedly working on a trade to acquire New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.

Sources told ESPN that the teams are working on trade scenarios, possibly involving four teams. The report stated that the sides are "motivated" but no deal is imminent.

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League sources told ESPN earlier this week that Anthony is willing to waive his no-trade clause in order to join James Harden and Chris Paul in Houston.

Anthony's name has been rumored in trade talks for months, before the Knicks fired former president Phil Jackson. Paul was traded to Houston in June, after picking up his option with the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Houston surrendered Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Lou Williams, Kyle Wiltjer, cash and a 2018 first-round draft pick in that exchange.

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The 32-year-old Anthony is booked for $26.2 million in 2017 and $27.9 million in 2018. He signed his five-year, $124 million contract with the Knicks in 2014. The Rockets are currently $15 million over the projected salary cap for next season.

Anthony's former Denver Nuggets teammate, Nene, prompted more speculation about his move to Houston with an Instagram post on Monday.

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"Wow, he will look great in this uniform," Nene posted, before deleting the post. "And I can't wait to get back on old time like in Denver with him...did you guys remember?" The post included a photo of Anthony sporting a No. 15 Rockets jersey.

Nene recently agreed to a three-year, $11 million contract with the Rockets.

An NBA source told the New York Post that the Knicks won't make a move on Anthony until the franchise has a new general manager and president in place. Sources told the Post this week that the Knicks plan on promoting Mills as their next president.

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Rockets general manager Daryl Morey recently told Yahoo Sports that he wanted to get more "USA Basketball team members" to join the Rockets.

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A 33-year-old Anthony could still fill that role.

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