The Rockets are also in the Anthony sweepstakes because they cleared money by trading Omir Asik — with his near-$15 million for next season — to New Orleans on the eve of the draft and didn’t take back any salary. But they’ll still need to move Jeremy Lin, who is also due around $15 mil next season, to have the ability to get far enough under the cap to entice Anthony to a place no one really expects him to go to.
The Rockets are letting it be known that they’ll be able to move Lin lickety-split if Anthony commits, but they might not ever get to that stage.
“The only reason Carmelo will go to Houston to listen (to the Rockets) is because of Kevin McHale,” one source said. “If the coach wasn’t a top-50, all-time player or was a lesser-name coach, then Melo wouldn’t even visit there. But he’ll listen because it’s Kevin McHale.”
To say the least, this is an interesting turn of events. Assuming this report is on point, that really means that Melo isn’t all too intrigued with the possibility of playing in Houston. If that is all true — again this is all assumption based on a rumor — that would mean that Melo’s “preferred” destinations come down to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami (?) — probably.
At the end of the day, if Melo doesn’t get his “wish” to play with both Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, perhaps he winds up where he started during this free agency period — in a New York Knicks uniform.