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Knicks Reportedly Have "Renewed Willingness" To Work With Rockets On Carmelo Trade

Carmelo Anthony is likely leaving New York - it just remains to be seen where he'll wind up.

The Knicks made one of the more head-scratching moves of the NBA offseason this week, giving Tim Hardaway Jr. of the Atlanta Hawks a four-year, $71 million offer sheet. Saturday, it was reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that the Hawks won't be matching the offer - meaning Hardaway will be joining the Knicks. But there's more to the story.

Wojnarowski is reporting that with Hardaway on board, the Knicks now have "renewed willingness" to figure out a way to trade Carmelo to the Houston Rockets. Check it out:

The Knicks' acquisition of Hardaway Jr., to the staggering deal is expected to trigger a renewed willingness to work with the Houston Rockets on trade scenarios to unload Carmelo Anthony, league sources told ESPN.

The Rockets have been persistent in their pursuit of Anthony, who is willing to waive his no-trade clause to join Chris Paul and James Harden in Houston, league sources told ESPN, and the Knicks do not imagine a scenario where Hardaway Jr. is sharing the floor with Anthony to start the season.

The issue, of course, is making the money work. Anthony is owed over $26 million next year - which is not an easy number to just fit into a salary cap.

If the Rockets do land Anthony, they'll have one of the most potent scoring lineups in the NBA. Will it be enough to compete against Golden State? That's the question.