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Report: Carmelo Anthony confident he’ll be traded to Rockets

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HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 04: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks drives with the basketball against Eric Gordon #10 of the Houston Rockets during their game at the Toyota Center on October 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is reportedly open to waiving his no-trade clause for the Rockets, and the teams are discussing a deal.

But will a New York-Houston trade actually happen?

Anthony apparently thinks so.

Ian Begley of ESPN:

I’m told that Carmelo feels pretty confident that a deal will get done at this point to Houston.

But the teams, to date, are nowhere near the finish line, because it’s so tough for the Knicks and Rockets to get a deal together one-to-one. So, it looks there’s going to have to be a third team involved. Probably Ryan Anderson is going to have moved off to that third team for this deal to happen.

I’m always skeptical of potential three-team trades held up by a mysterious third team taking a player nobody wants – in this case, Ryan Anderson, who’s due $61,264,636 over the next three years. Anderson is an excellent long-range gunner for a power forward, but that’s a lot of money to pay the 29-year-old with extensive injury history and major defensive shortcomings.

Maybe the Rockets and Knicks will send sufficient sweeteners to get someone to take Anderson, but I sure don’t share Anthony’s optimism.