Pretty much ever since he made his intentions to test free agency clear, the Houston Rockets have been linked to New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony.
With their desire to form their own ‘Big Three,” it looks like the Rockets will be all-in this summer as they look to aggressively try to acquire ‘Melo via a sign-and-trade.
With many believing the Rockets are only a player away, they look to be taking the approach that they will part with any players on their roster not named James Harden and Dwight Howard in order to land Anthony.
According to Steve Kyler from Basketball Insiders, the Rockets willing to trade “almost anything” for ‘Melo.
“Houston would trade almost anything not named Dwight Howard and James Harden to get at Anthony and they would go all in on a contract too. There has been talk that Houston has offered up Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin in a “give away” trade that could include their draft pick in the first round or a roster player like Terrence Jones to get those salaries off the books.”
If Anthony were to leave New York, and who knows what his true intentions truly are, a deal with a team like the Rockets could be the Knicks best option.
If they were to target contracts such as Lin and Asik that would come off the books in 2015, the Knicks would be in unbelievable cap shape that summer. Throw in the possibility that New York could potentially bring in a talented player such as Jones or Chandler Parsons and potentially a much needed draft pick or two and it is something that Phil Jackson must think about.
Ultimately though even though the Rockets may be one player away, this seems like a risky move, even though it is all speculation at this point.
The Knicks still are in the driver’s seat to retain Anthony, but he has stated his main goal is winning and there are several teams that can offer him a much better opportunity to do so.
The only thing that is certain at this point is that it will be a very interesting summer.