Since New York announced talks were on hold there’s been several differing stories of where trade talks stand:
First we had reports New York wants to try and convince Melo to stay:
Quickly followed by reports Melo still wants to be traded to Houston:
And lastly now that Portland believes they will be able to acquire Carmelo:
Behind the scenes there’s several dynamics working against the deal:
- New York’s new general manager wants to get value for Melo. He doesn’t want to take the job to immediately be a laughing stock or get undermined by a deal negotiated by James Dolan.
- Houston doesn’t have the assets to work one-on-one with New York. Daryl Morey doesn’t want to give up Ariza, Gordon or Capela. He wants to unload Ryan Anderson, at three years and $60 million, but someone has to be willing to take him.
- Portland appears to be covering their tracks after getting caught talking trade with the Rockets. Rip City has never come up as a city Carmelo would be willing to waive his no trade clause for, but here they are claiming to be in the running. The assets they have to move are slightly better than Ryan Anderson, but mostly three year deals well over eight figures.
- When trade talks appear to have reached their apex the Trail Blazers and Rockets were unable to find a destination to land Meyers Leonard. The main problem being his contract and play are so bad the Knicks didn’t want him.