With Phil Jackson gone from New York, Carmelo Anthony appears to be loosening his grip on the no-trade clause in his contract. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Anthony is now open to a trade to either the Cavaliers or Rockets where he would be teamed up with at least one of his buddies, LeBron James in Cleveland or Chris Paul in Houston.

It will hardly be a simple maneuver though. Melo waiving his no-trade is only one part of the equation. Now the Knicks will likely have to find a third team willing to take on a contract from the Rockets or Cavs to free up space for Anthony's remaining two years and $54 million.

What we do know, is the door to Carmelo Anthony's exit is slightly ajar. Will the Knicks be able to now push it open enough to step through to the future?

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