Stephen A. Smith of ESPN reported Thursday the Knicks superstar is willing to accept a buyout to join the Cavs. He would reportedly also waive his no-trade clause to become the Rockets' latest high-profile addition.
Anthony's situation will be one of the league's most intriguing stories in the coming weeks as New York looks toward a potential overhaul following the departure of team president Phil Jackson on Wednesday.
Earlier in the week, ESPN's Marc Stein reported the 10-time All-Star selection had his representatives discuss a buyout with the Knicks, though he preferred to stay in New York. Those talks came before Jackson's exit.
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical noted Wednesday changes in the front office didn't alter the organization's stance on Anthony: It wants a trade, not a buyout.
Meanwhile, the Rockets have started the process of going all-in on the 2017-18 campaign by acquiring point guard Chris Paul in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. Adding Anthony could give the team a chance to contend with the star-studded Golden State Warriors and Cavaliers.
The 33-year-old's time in New York hasn't yielded the type of on-court results the franchise desired. After Jackson's exit, now could be the ideal time for the Knicks to press the reset button. Moving the former Denver Nuggets star would be the biggest part of that process.
In April, Anthony said he would "love" to stay with the Knicks, but he acknowledged he'd consider a trade proposal if the front office brought him one, per Ian Begley of ESPN.com
"I have to figure it out at that point," he said. "It would have to be a decision I really sit down and think about and figure it out. I'm going to have to do a lot of figuring things out right now—sit down with my team, sit down with my family, really figure this out, kind of really put what's important to me at this point in my career, which is winning."
Going to the Cavaliers or Rockets would give him a much better chance to win in the near future than he'd have if he stays with the Knicks.