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Carmelo Anthony Expands List Of Possible Trade Destinations

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that Anthony has expanded his list of acceptable destinations.

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New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has expanded his list of acceptable trade destinations to include at least two more teams, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Anthony’s preferred destination remains the Houston Rockets, but since the Knicks were unable to agree upon a deal with appropriate return, Anthony has given the Knicks more options—including the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers were on Anthony’s initial shortlist, prior to summer drama and the eventual trade of all-star point guard Kyrie Irving. The other teams Anthony will accept a trade to are not yet known, though, per Wojnarowski, “Anthony has been urging the Knicks to show urgency in their pursuit of a trade before the season.”

The Portland Trail Blazers were not mentioned in Wojnarowski’s report, but it is reasonable to think that they may be one of the unknown teams. They have been one of the apparent frontrunners in the Anthony sweepstakes this offseason, with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum actively recruiting.

On Thursday, Jason McIntyre of Fox Sports reported that Anthony may be on the edge of accepting a trade to Portland.

The “Hail Mary” appears to have failed. Whether or not the Trail Blazers become the actual beneficiary of compromise is yet to be seen.

UPDATE (6:56 p.m. PDT)

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports that the Trail Blazers are not one of the mysterious, unknown teams. At this point, we can only speculate.

UPDATE 2 (7:16 p.m. PDT)

Sam Amick of USA Today reports that the Portland Trail Blazers were not among the teams Anthony named.

UPDATE 3 (7:39 p.m. PDT)

Ian Begley of ESPN reports that the Oklahoma City Thunder are included on Anthony’s list of preferred destinations.

UPDATE 4 (8:12 p.m. PDT)

Amick adds that there is a growing sense that Anthony would be alright with a trade to Portland.

UPDATE 5 (9:10 p.m. PDT)

Marc Berman of the New York Post writes:

“The source told The Post that Anthony is heavily considering putting the Trail Blazers on his list as well.”