Bill Simmons: The Thunder and Carmelo Are "Circling Each Other"

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The Rockets were long considered the front-runner to land Anthony, but issues have popped up in those talks as the Knicks are trying not to bring in a contract like Ryan Anderson's in return for Anthony.

Unfortunately for Carmelo, the biggest obstacle standing in the way of a deal is that the Rockets don't have much to offer NY. Now that things have changed with National Basketball Association free agency, trade rumors [VIDEO] are swirling around Anthony as the #Oklahoma City Thunder are reported to acquire him. The 10-time All-Star also has a no trade clause, which he will have to waive to make any deal official. The NBA superstar is willing to waive his no-trade clause while the Houston Rockets were supposed to strike a deal with the Knicks. Other than the ability to match up salaries and potentially get Anthony's blessing, the Thunder are far from an ideal trade partner for NY.

It's doubtful that the Thunder would have the trade material sought by the Kicks, for starters, with Adams" "Stache Brother mate, Enes Kanter, their most obvious piece they would be willing to give up.

The NBA trade rumors are working overtime this week, with the Oklahoma City Thunder emerging seemingly out of nowhere as a major contender for Carmelo Anthony's services.

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

The Thunder have already made a splash this offseason acquiring forward Paul George from the Indiana Pacers for guard Victor Oladipo and forward Domantas Sabonis. "Another simply said "Houston" when asked about the OKC report", Isola wrote in the Daily News. While a trio of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony is unlikely to rattle the mighty Golden State Warriors, it could potentially secure the No. 2 seed out West.

The Thunder last season rewarded Adams with a four-year US$100 million contract extension, confirming they see him as a crucial pillar of their future.

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