Houston Rockets Rumors: Team Going All In For Carmelo Anthony?

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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.

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  • Ray B

    I shall pray this happens…..who doesn’t enjoy a great disaster. It would NEVER work. The bearded ball hog, carmello “don’t pass” Anthony, blockhead mcfail and big baby howard. I am giddy in anticipation. Please let it happen. LMAO!

    • John McCain

      It’ll never happen

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  • John McCain

    They love Jeremy Lin too much in Houston. The city would be devastated!

    • Farva55

      Lin Sucks

      • Juvan Baldeo

        Melo Sucks!

  • Louis Kevin Olvera

    STFU!! If Anthony goes to Houston it will be great because they will have a leader in Harden, A scorer in Anthony, and a Rim Protector who is the best center in the nba today in Dwight Howard.

    Potential Starting Lineup:
    PG: Patrick Beverley
    SG: James Harden
    SF: Chandler Parsons
    PF: Carmelo Anthony
    C: Dwight Howard

    • http://www.88degrees.tv Allen Lin

      The problem is that Carmelo and Harden both need a lot of shots to score (they are low % shooters). Add to that Dwight’s need to get his touches and there is just not enough ball to go around. Plus Harden is terrible on D, as is Carmelo.

      • Farva55

        They would give up 176 points a night. Couldn’t agree more.

    • Farva55

      Melo isn’t a 4. Have fun on defense.

      • Louis Kevin Olvera

        Melo is a 4, he is natrually a 4 because of his big body and the ability to rebound at a significant level. He may not be the greatest defender but he can still counter attack other 4s with his scoring so both of your arguments are invalid and besides it would work between him and harden just like in miami with wade and lebron except for the fact that Harden is the leader and Carmelo would be the sidekick just how it would be with D-Rose in the Windy City.

  • Juvan Baldeo

    Yes Just Do it trade Melo for LIN/ASIK good for the Knick to bring back JLIN to New York LINSANITY WILL rise again and good also for the rockets another BALL HOG on the franchise it’s so excietd to watch two BALLHOGERS handle the ball who will win the challages between MELO VS HARDEN let the battle begin!

    • Farva55

      Lin sucks. Please head back to New York where he can continue to help that organization rot.

      • Juvan Baldeo

        OH blah blah blah your melo sucks also what happended to the knicks this season nothing but a bunch of ponts from melo he is good only for himself not to the team if ever JLIN dont go to New York it’s ok there are so many teams that he can play as a true point guard !

  • Sofia Caden

    Great deal for NY! Linsanity unleashed! http://goo.gl/TvWnQJ

    • Farva55

      Lin sucks.

  • htitzhoff

    The full max just leaves the Houston bench too bare. If Melo were a $15MM player, ok. But $23MM is a lot of salary … If Melo really wants to win he had better pick a place and take a discounted deal. Otherwise his salary will cripple his next franchise and he will go down as a never was.