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ESPN's Brian Windhorst: 4-Team Trades, Like Potential Carmelo Anthony To Houston Deal, "A Pipe Dream"

It has been widely reported that the Houston Rockets are working on a big deal to acquire New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony, one of the league's best pure scorers, would give the Rockets a proverbial "big three," along with James Harden and new point guard Chris Paul.

To acquire a big-money player like that, however, the Rockets need to dump some salary.

The most obvious move is to send out Ryan Anderson and his ~$20 million cap hit. The Knicks reportedly refuse to take on the forward, which means Houston needs to get other teams involved. On Wednesday, it was reported by Stefan Bondy and Frank Isola of the Daily News that a four-team trade involving Anthony to the Rockets is "on the two yard line."

ESPN's Brian Windhorst doesn't buy it. He appeared on ESPN's "The Basketball Analogy" podcast to discuss the potential deal.

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Windhorst's reasoning is mainly based on how difficult it is for four-team trades to pull off.

"A three team trade is a no-team trade. A four-team trade is a pipe dream. Obviously they happen, so it's not like a zero-percent chance. Basically, at the end of the day, Melo will waive his no-trade to go to the Rockets, he may even waive all or part of his trade bonus. He's ready to go to Houston. Houston is ready to have him. Apparently any bad blood between him and (Houston head coach Mike) D'Antoni has been temporarily solved, dating from the Knick years. The Rockets want him and the Knicks want to trade him, but they can't agree on a trade. They want to trade Ryan Anderson for him."

Trevor Ariza, who is on a much more tenable contract, would be an easier piece to move, but Windhorst and his podcast partners Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Tom Haberstroh discuss that he's a very entrenched part of the team, and the Rockets don't want to deal him.

They also posit hypothetical three-team deals involving the Milwaukee Bucks (including guys like Matthew Dellavedova and/or John Henson), and the Detroit Pistons (sending Reggie Jackson to New York).

Dumping Anderson will be tough, as it requires a team to take on his burdensome contract, which has three-years remaining. However, if paired with draft picks and/or young players, teams like the Brooklyn Nets have taken on similar deals. It still seems like a tricky one to iron out, given all the moving parts.

[ESPN]