July 13, 2017 13:35 GMT by bleacherreport.com

NBA Rumors: Latest on Rajon Rondo, Potential Carmelo Anthony Blockbuster

NBA Rumors: Latest on Rajon Rondo, Potential Carmelo Anthony Blockbuster

A Carmelo Anthony deal seems to be getting closer. After months without any indication that the New York Knicks star forward would waive his no-trade clause, a potential deal to the Houston Rockets is "is at the two yard line," per Stefan Bondy and Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. Hmm. Just kidding. Back to business. Hours before the Daily News report, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted ...

A Carmelo Anthony deal seems to be getting closer.

After months without any indication that the New York Knicks star forward would waive his no-trade clause, a potential deal to the Houston Rockets is "is at the two yard line," per Stefan Bondy and Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

Hmm.

Just kidding. Back to business.

Hours before the Daily News report, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that the Knicks and Rockets are working on a four-team transaction:

This make sense, as the Rockets gave up a haul to acquire Chris Paul on June 28. Additional teams means a diversity of assets, as the Knicks are looking to go young.

After Houston inked James Harden to the largest extension in NBA history on July 9, Woj reported that general manager Daryl Morey and Co. are "turning full attention to completing a deal" for Anthony.

Houston would likely prefer moving Ryan Anderson, but ESPN.com's Ian Begley has reported that New York has no interest in the 29-year-old shooter. Steve Mills—who's controlling basketball operations after Phil Jackson's firing—is only interested in players 25 and under, per Woj.

Who could these other teams be? Neither ESPN nor the Daily News included names of the other two. One obvious one would be the Brooklyn Nets. How come? Two words.

Multi-team mega-deals are risky. As ESPN's Bobby Marks analogized, the slightest discrepancy could thwart the entire trade:

Anyone who's played in a competitive fantasy football league can attest to this.

While work still needs to be done, it seems like Anthony heading to Houston is a matter of when, not if.

The same can't be said for free agent point guard Rajon Rondo, who is still searching for a home. The Los Angeles Lakers have been reported suitors.

Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday night, after they acquired Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, that Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka were still interested in the pass-first guard:

Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News was more pessimistic, writing that L.A. is still not sold on Rondo and wonder if the 31-year-old "fits into their plans."

They have been contemplating for some time now, being that contact was made within hours of free agency opening up:

Last week, Medina wrote for the Orange County Register that the Lakers view Rondo as a potential mentor to No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball:

"Though they have yet to schedule a meeting with Rondo, the Lakers view him as a potential fit both to mentor Ball and add further depth to their backcourt. The Lakers have had extensive talks with people who know Rondo well, including former coaches and players, so they can learn better how he was as a teammate."

Rondo has a reputation as a locker-room headache, but Chicago Bulls reporters have raved about his willingness to counsel the team's young players during his 2016-17 stint there:

Ball is the clear franchise player, but he's only 19 and still maturing. It'd be wise for Los Angeles to add a veteran presence, and Rondo appears to be a solid fit.

The only question is: Will he be willing to take what the Lakers can offer? The market seems relatively quiet, so perhaps Rondo could bet on himself and try to play his way into a larger deal next summer.

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