Carmelo Anthony, Thunder Have Mutual Interest

Thunder assistant GM Troy Weaver was an assistant coach at Syracuse when he recruited Melo back in the day, but it's hard to imagine OKC putting together a package that would entice the Knicks.

Anthony is owed $54 million over the next two seasons, and his contract also includes an $8 million trade kicker.

Anthony would have to waive a no-trade clause in order for the Knicks to move him.

Oklahoma City doesn't necessarily have that much to offer the Knicks, which would make a deal unlikely unless a third and fourth team was introduced.

If Anthony and Weaver are still close, and it appears as though they are, then it stands to reason that Simmons' report about Anthony's interest in the Thunder could prove true. Another player, perhaps Kyle Singler, would have to be added to the deal to make it acceptable under the rules of the salary cap.

Tarek Fattal is reporting that Anthony is "likely" to be traded to the Rockets as early as this week.

Maybe the Knicks would be more willing to take on Kanter's contract if they could also get a first-round pick.

In Oklahoma City, Anthony would join reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and newly acquired forward Paul George, a four-time All-Star.

Over the past year, Anthony's relationship with the Knicks has soured after a public spat with former president of basketball operations Phil Jackson.

If the Thunder do somehow find a way to acquire Anthony, it would even further establish themselves as a threat to become the best team in the Western Conference behind the Golden State Warriors.