With the NBA offseason just a few weeks away, free agency rumors are really starting to ramp up. There are of course a couple of big ticket players potentially available this year, including Carmelo Anthony.
The New York Knicks forward declared months ago that he will indeed test the free agent market this summer. Because of this, nearly every team under the sun has been linked to him at one point or another. But we all know there are only a few teams that could lure Melo away from his home state of New York and the Knicks.
One of those teams is the Houston Rockets.
According to Basketball Insiders, the Rockets are prepared to do whatever it takes to acquire the high-scoring forward. This could include a trade prior to the start of free agency to clear cap space. One rumored scenario would involve the Rockets trading away Omer Asik, Jeremy Lin, a first round pick and possibly another player to open up cap room for Melo and big new contract.
While this idea sounds a little crazy on the surface, it’s not really that nutty. The Rockets as they’re currently constructed don’t have what it takes to win the Western Conference. They couldn’t even make it out of the first round this season after adding Dwight Howard to the mix — the same end result the team experienced in 2013.
Melo as the No. 1 guy is probably a scary thought for many Houston fans, but he wouldn’t have to be a true No. 1 with the Rockets. He, James Harden and Howard would form yet another big three, which like the concept or not, would reduce pressure on all three players.
I like Houston’s chances in the big three scenario much better than I like their chances as currently constructed.
We’ll have to see how everything plays out, but it’s probably safe to call the Rockets serious contenders for Melo’s services at this point.