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Report: Carmelo Anthony 'Counting' On Trade To Rockets

Carmelo Anthony reportedly expects to be traded to the Houston Rockets.

The never-ending saga of Carmelo Anthony's status with the Knicks continues, with the latest update coming from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Per Wojnarowski, Anthony is "counting on the franchise to carry out its previously agreed upon mandate to trade him to the Houston Rockets."

Anthony has said he's willing to waive his no-trade clause for Houston and Cleveland, but with the Rockets adding Chris Paul earlier this month, his priorities began to shift toward joining him and James Harden, rather than risk a trade to a Cavaliers team that might soon find itself without LeBron James.

For the time being, the Knicks have "paused" trade talks in order to get newly hired general manager Steve Perry up to speed, and Perry is reportedly working with president Steve Mills to see if Anthony can be convinced to stick around.

However, it's unlikely Anthony will shift his mindset after giving up his no-trade clause. The Rockets, for their part, are solely focused on acquiring Anthony, and all indicators point toward that trade taking place at some point.

[ESPN]