Houston Rockets also interested in getting Carmelo Anthony next season

Even though the season is not yet over, more and more teams are interested to lure Carmelo Anthony away from the New York Knicks in next season's free agency.

While the Los Angeles Lakers and perhaps Chicago Bulls have led most of the chatter — as well, of course, is the option that ‘Melo will stay in New York — a new team may be entering the fray. 

Marc Berman of the New York Post reports that the Houston Rockets could make a big push for Anthony this summer.

The rumors about where Carmelo Anthony might sign this summer have been buzzing ever since he said he’d opt out last October. 

Anthony as a Rocket

The Rockets will make a bid for Carmelo Anthony this summer, according to league sources, e
ven though they probably won’t have cap space and would have to orchestrate a creative sign-and-trade. The source said Houston asked the Knicks about Anthony before February’s trade deadline.

The Knicks have held discussions with the Rockets about power forward Omer Asik. Even though Rockets president Daryl Morey is the pioneer of advanced statistics and Anthony has never fared well in some efficiency categories, Morey’s old-school instincts believe he could form a terrific Big 3 with Dwight Howard and James Harden. Rockets management also believes Anthony has made advancements in the grit department the past two seasons.

Dealing Lin and Asik

The only way the Rockets can get under the cap is by dealing the expiring contracts of Jeremy Lin, who is entering the poison pill year of $15 million, and Asik, also scheduled to make $15 million.

But even if the Rockets don’t, a desperate Knicks team could take on Lin or Asik and draft picks if Phil Jackson doesn’t believe in building around Anthony. The Knicks still would be set for 2015’s free agency and Lin wold be a drawing card during a season the Knicks may want to tank and fall into the lottery.

Howard has been most outspoken in encouraging Anthony to consider smaller markets than New York just like Howard did in eschewing Los Angeles.

The Lakers, Clippers and Bulls showed interest earlier in getting Anthony.

But Anthony already said earlier that his “first priority’’ is to remain a Knick if he likes their future blueprint.

--- with reports from NBA.com

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