Thunder emerge as third Carmelo Anthony trade option

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The New York Knicks find themselves right at the forefront of talks for Kyrie Irving, who has demanded a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN said on "The Jump" earlier this week that Anthony is willing to waive the $8 million trade kicker in his contract if the New York Knicks and Rockets can agree to a deal.

If true, that'd please at least Anthony.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony have been "officially circling each other", according to Bill Simmons of The Ringer. It appears Anthony may not be willing to consider Cleveland as long as a trade with the Rockets remains a possibility.

This may be a stunning revelation, but it's none too surprising when one considers the appeal of Oklahoma City.

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Weaver is Oklahoma City's assistant GM, an assistant coach under Jim Boeheim when Anthony was at Syracuse.

It's tough to imagine this moving quickly when NY would probably rather trade Anthony for Irving instead of whatever package Houston is offering.

Knicks team president Scott Mills said last week the team is ready to move on "with or without" Anthony. They have to clear salary cap space if they want to have room for Anthony, and the Knicks are not interested in taking on a bunch of money.

The Oklahoma City Thunder know they have one of the best players in the National Basketball Association in Russell Westbrook, but now they're doing their best to surround him with as much talent as possible.

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