After promising 2015-16 seasons, the Blazers took a noticeable step sideways last year and needed a second-half surge to earn the honor of being swept by the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs, as reported by Newsday.
One team that New York and Houston had hoped would facilitate a multiteam trade for Anthony, the Portland Trail Blazers, plans to participate in a deal for Anthony only if he decides to expand his no-trade clause to include them, league sources told ESPN.
As New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry pursue a meeting with Carmelo Anthony in the coming days, league sources say that team officials will find a 10-time All-Star player counting on the franchise to carry out its previously agreed upon mandate to trade him to the Houston Rockets.
Toward the end of last week, trade talks were on the "two-yard line" as a report from the New York Daily News had phrased it and it was likely that a deal would be done through the weekend.
The Knicks have been trying to trade the All-Star forward but finding a deal is difficult. That's from the islands. Hardaway said that he wants Carmelo back with the Knicks. Harden and Paul are two of the smartest players in the league playing for a coach that is an offensive wizard.
You need superstar talent to win in the NBA, but that talent also needs chemistry and a cohesive offensive system to really thrive. You work your whole career if you're myself to get a player of James' caliber and now Chris [Paul's] caliber.
The Rockets are in the Pelicans' division so the teams will meet four times in the upcoming season, including two matchups in the Smoothie King Center.
As Perry starts to shape the front office and impact policy, another realization has washed over the organization: Months of organizational harping on Anthony, driven largely by deposed president of basketball operations Jackson, has dramatically lowered Anthony's trade value.
The 33-year-old Anthony has been willing to waive his no-trade clause for Houston and Cleveland.
Still, Anthony still expects the trade with the Rockets to go down, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The caveat that many do, and should, get hung up on is that Harden is a more seamless fit as the primary ball handler in D'Antoni's offense. "I think it's a great way to wrap it up, something for my family to enjoy".