Phil Jackson and the Knicks parted company months ago, and as we found out over the summer, the entire Kristaps Porzingis situation was not because of Jackson, but head coach Jeff Hornacek.
It also came to light that Carmelo Anthony wasn’t feeling as great about Jackson’s ousting as one would think and was willing – and still is – to waive his no-trade clause as long as it’s to the right team.
Those teams? It was widely reported that the Cavaliers and Rockets were on Melo’s list.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 3, 2017
Either of those teams would put him on a roster with one of his three close friends – either with LeBron James in Cleveland or with Chris Paul in Houston.
Then, a clear front-runner emerged.
— RealGM (@RealGM) July 10, 2017
Within days, everyone said Anthony to Houston was a done deal.
I've heard team reps talk about Carmelo Anthony to Houston like it's a done deal. Of course, nothing is confirmed yet.
— Ben Mehic (@BenMehicNBA) July 12, 2017
Even the NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski basically confirmed it.
Sources: Knicks, Rockets working on Carmelo Anthony trade scenarios that include four-team deals. Sides motivated but no agreement imminent.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2017
And yet, here we are, two months later and Anthony is still a member of the New York Knicks. …
If the latest reports are true, it won’t be for long.