The Rockets and Knicks have restarted trade talks for Carmelo Anthony according to ESPN.
The trade would still have to involve a third team if both teams want to get a deal done and the likely reason for that is the Rockets need to get rid of Ryan Anderson’s three-year, $60 million contract to free up space for Anthony.
Beyond next season is not known, though it is widely believed James will head west in 2018. Irving has recently requested to be traded and would reportedly prefer the Spurs.
James is one of only three NBA players with a no-trade clause, including Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki. Anthony is rumored to be on the market, but would have to waive his no-trade clause.
Unwilling to do the same is James, who returned to Cleveland after helping the Heat win a pair of championships during a four-year stint in Miami.
James has led the Cavs to three straight NBA Finals since his return, winning the title last year. He will make $33.285 million this year with a player option of $35.6 million for the 2018-19 season.
If Barkley wants to criticize Durant for, in his opinion, taking the easy way out, that’s fine. If Barkley wants to question Irving’s decision to request the first flight out of Cleveland, that’s fine, too.
But Barkley should at least be consistent with which side he’s on. Otherwise, he’s just arguing with himself.