The Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes will begin this coming offseason, and the Houston Rockets appear to be a team that is expected to show interest in acquiring him. A move for Anthony would have to be through a sign-and-trade with the New York Knicks, because the Rockets simply cannot afford to offer him a contract outright. Houston does have enough pieces that would likely interest the Knicks that they could afford to make a move for Anthony.
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Imagine Houston with a lineup including Dwight Howard, Chandler Parsons, Carmelo Anthony, James Harden, and Patrick Beverly. Could any other team claim to have a better starting lineup than that? It’s pretty obvious that the answer to that question is no. The only issue would come with which player(s) is willing to take a bit of a backseat to allow the others to get their shots up as well.
The Miami Heat were able to put three superstars together and they all decided to share the basketball with everyone for the betterment of the team. That being said, it is difficult to see Carmelo Anthony being able to work with Dwight Howard and James Harden. It is certainly possible, but Anthony has quite simply not been willing to pass the basketball all that much with the Knicks.
According to reports, the New York Knicks could be interested in acquiring both Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin back in a trade for Anthony. They likely would be asking for picks and maybe another asset or two, but the Rockets have the pieces to move. New York needs to move on and rebuild with a new head coach, and what better way would there be to jump-start that process than trading Carmelo Anthony.
Overall, this is just a rumor at this point so don’t put too much stock into it. The Rockets likely will check in on Anthony this summer, but there will be quite a few other potential suitors lining up as well. It will be a very intriguing offseason to say the very least.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation.com. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.