NBA Trades: New York Knicks Desperately Trying to Get Rid of Carmelo Anthony

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 07/11/17 10:26AM EDT

The crazy world of NBA trades just got crazier. It is because of a recent roster move by the New York Knicks which puzzled many fans. New York just welcomed back Tim Hardaway, Jr. and his return is one of the team's desperate attempts to part ways with Carmelo Anthony. 

Hardaway's comeback to the Big Apple was confusing. The Knicks completed an NBA trade in 2015 which sent him to the Atlanta Hawks after two seasons with them. 

Hardaway also played two seasons for Atlanta before he became a restricted free agent this summer. Because the former Michigan Wolverine performed well last season, he was expected to stay with the Hawks. Surprisingly, New York signed him to an offer sheet. It is for four years and is worth $71 million. 

Atlanta declined to match the offer sheet which made Hardaway a Knick again. According to ESPN, the Knicks' reunion with the 25-year-old will likely resume the negotiation between them and the Houston Rockets for a Carmelo Anthony trade. 

Houston's connection to Anthony intensified in the past few weeks. First, there were reports that Anthony will agree to waive the no-trade clause in his contract if this leads to him joining the Rockets or the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland is yet to show solid interest in the 33-year-old. 

It is different for Houston. The Rockets' focus at this point is on Anthony. NBA trade rumors reveal that they aim to land the forward after already acquiring point guard Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers.

If this is true, then it might be a matter of time before Anthony heads back to the Western Conference. Ahead of his time in New York, the veteran was in the West representing the Denver Nuggets. 

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