Where will Carmelo Anthony end up? It’s been one of the greatest questions in the NBA for the better part of a year and it still remains a mystery.
Steve Mills doesn't rule out the possibility of Carmelo returning to New York. As of late last week, Melo was still expecting to be traded.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) July 17, 2017
Per Tony Williams of Metro New York, general manager Scott Perry added that a timeline for a potential deal is not set.
— Tony Williams (@TBone8) July 17, 2017
This saga gained a lot of steam around the trade deadline and has only regained momentum since the end of the season. Anthony was reportedly close to being moved to the Houston Rockets, though it would appear as though that momentum has at least stalled.
Trading Anthony will not be easy. While he remains an effective offensive player, Anthony is owed more than $26 million in 2017-18 and also has a no-trade clause. Though, the signs are that’s less of a problem than it once was.
The Knicks might be better off just bringing him back. If they surprise the NBA world and have a good season, he’d be an important cog to that development. If however, New York is losing again, then an Anthony trade would be worth re-exploring around the deadline as teams are gearing up for the playoff push.