On Wednesday, a multiteam deal to send Carmelo to the Rockets was reportedly "at the 2-yard line," as the turbulent relationship between the Knicks and their All-Star forward seemed to be coming to an end.
But apparently the New York Knicks have Pete Carroll running their Carmelo Anthony trade talks, because Thursday night, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that those talks are now on hold.
Story posting soon with @RamonaShelburne on ESPN: The Knicks have paused Carmelo Anthony trade talks with Houston and Cleveland.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 14, 2017
Carmelo has been the subject of rumors all summer thanks to Phil Jackson's public declaration a few days after the Knicks' season ended that the team would be better off without him. As has been well documented, Melo has a no-trade clause, which has made the Knicks' efforts to trade him difficult.
The recent talks with the Rockets have picked up only because Anthony told the Knicks he would be willing to lift his no-trade clause for a move to the Rockets or Cavaliers.
Now, however, the Knicks are reportedly considering keeping Carmelo around. Via ESPN:
The New York Knicks are pausing trade talks centered on Carmelo Anthony and want to pursue a conversation with the 10-time NBA All-Star about possibly reincorporating him into the organization, league sources told ESPN.
After talking with the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers for nearly a month to help engineer deals for Anthony, the Knicks told both teams that they're stepping back from trade talks for a short time, league sources said.
It is a tricky situation for the Knicks, as they don't want to give up Carmelo for nothing, but after all of these reports and rumors, it's difficult to see how the two sides could have a working relationship this season.