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Report: Blazers only interested in multi-team trade if they land Melo

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The New York Knicks and Houston Rockets are aching to get a trade done involving Carmelo Anthony, but would need other teams to jump in and create the assets to appease both sides.

The hope was that the Trail Blazers would enter the fray. However, Portland would reportedly only participate if it was the one landing the 10-time All-Star, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Portland is reportedly of the mindset that adding a talent of Anthony's caliber would vault them up the ranks and provide the necessary depth to compete with the Western Conference's elite.

The issue at hand, though, is that the 33-year-old has a no-trade clause in his contract and would need to sign off on a deal in order to head to Rip City. Anthony only seems willing to do that for Houston and the Cleveland Cavaliers, making a trade with the Blazers extremely difficult.

Portland reportedly would see no other incentive to play along with New York and Houston, as all that would do is strengthen one of its rivals.

The Knicks recently put the kibosh on trade discussions, at least for the time being. Anthony expects those talks to resume sooner rather than later, as his eyes remain set on becoming a Rocket to pair with James Harden and Chris Paul.

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