Carmelo Anthony to Rockets Rumors Heating Up?
It’s been only a couple of days since we first heard whispers of New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony potentially joining the Miami Heat for the 2014-15 NBA season.
In such a fluid league, we can never be so sure. All we know right now is that Anthony has met with the Knicks brass and to this point hasn’t been too high on what management has planned. More specifically, Melo reportedly isn’t too into the idea of taking less money for the betterment of the Knicks – something team president Phil Jackson has suggested would be in Anthony’s best interest to help build a winner.
While Melo has always enjoyed playing in New York, it’s possible the latest buzz from up top with the Knicks has him souring on the idea of returning for a smaller paycheck.
Instead, he could start getting serious about taking a little less money and just going somewhere else. The Heat are obviously near the top in regards to potential landing spots, but they aren’t a spot many would consider to be all that realistic.
One that could work, though, is with the Houston Rockets.
Per Rockets.net, the team has picked up “significant momentum” as a spot Anthony would like to go to. With the Rockets already possessing two legit NBA superstars in shooting guard James Harden and center Dwight Howard, Anthony coming to Texas would give the Rockets a true “Big Three” of their own.
At least hypothetically, Houston would suddenly be a true title contender. They do play in the much more competitive Western Conference, but Houston appears to already be battle tested in the playoffs enough to make a major jump with the right added piece.
Anthony could be that piece. Landing Melo would surely take a big dump of salary, however, which may include but wouldn’t necessarily be limited to shedding the contracts of Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik. Whether that happens is the form of releases or trades – or even a trade involving the Knicks with Anthony – remains to be seen.
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